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Newsletter of the Federal Depository Library Program

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January 15, 2003

GP 3.16/3-2:24/01
(Vol. 24, no. 01)

George A. Taylor Named Deputy Public Printer

Public Printer of the United States Bruce R. James has appointed George A. Taylor as Deputy Public Printer, the second highest position within the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). The appointment is effective January 6, 2003. As Deputy Public Printer, Taylor will serve as Chief Operating Officer of the GPO, responsible for overseeing the GPO's day-to-day printing, printing procurement, and information dissemination operations serving Congress, Federal agencies, and the public.

Taylor comes to the GPO following a 23+ year career in information publishing. His most recent position was Senior Vice President for Operations for the Thomson Corporation, an $8 billion information organization with 43,000 employees globally, where he was responsible for coordinating corporate technology, HR, real estate, purchasing, and cost reduction initiatives. Immediately prior to that position, he was an internal consultant for Thomson's Legal and Regulatory Group, working on projects in the U.S., South America, and Europe for online/web expansion, printing operations, and re-engineering initiatives.

In naming Taylor Deputy Public Printer, James said, "The GPO could not be more fortunate in attracting a person of George Taylor's experience, insight, and expertise to manage our daily operations. I have complete confidence in George's ability to ensure that the information needs of Congress, Federal agencies, and the public will be met with the highest standards of service and excellence while we rebuild this venerable agency to meet the demands of the 21st century."

Taylor began his association with Thomson in 1988 as Director of International Marketing for Jane's Information Group, a defense publisher located in London. He went on to hold various senior management positions at Lawyers Cooperative Publishing, concluding as CEO in 1995. Taylor became Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Thomson's Legal Group in 1996, where he was responsible for the operations of the four Thomson legal companies. He was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the West Publishing Group in 1997 and became President and CEO of Thomson Tax and Accounting in 1999, with responsibility for global operations of five Thomson Tax and Accounting companies.

Before joining Thomson, Taylor held a variety of management positions from 1978 to 1987 at the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., an information publisher in Washington, DC. During his long career, he has also worked in local and State government, academic institutions, and the non-profit sector, as well as serving as an officer in the U.S. Air Force in a variety of active duty and reserve functions.

A Virginia native, Taylor holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Ohio State University and The University of Virginia.

He is on the Boards of Trustees of the American Inns of Court; St. Margaret's School in Tappahannock, VA; and the Foundation for Good Business in Raleigh, NC. He and his wife, Monecia, reside in Fredericksburg, VA. They have five children and one grandchild.