Did you know that Borders' former VP of E-Business used to run Tower Records?
Mike Cane left a comment yesterday on my post about how Borders screwed up ereaders. He wondered what happened to Kevin Ertell, who at the time was VP of E-Business at Borders. About 3 years ago Kevin had left a comment on Mike's blog, but Mike never heard from him since.
I was curious to see what had happened to the guy, so i googled his name. After a few clicks I found his. He was with Borders from 2005 to 2009, and he works elsewhere now. But before he worked for borders, he worked for Tower Records. He was at Tower Records for 20 years, and when he left in 2005 he was was the VP of Online Operations.
Tower Records used to be a chain of record stores (and DVDs, CDs, games, etc). The one detail that I want you to know about them is that they failed to adapt to the digital era. Tower Records first filed for bankruptcy in 2004 and eventually died in 2006.
Yes, Kevin Ertell helped run 2 different retail chains into the ground. I had intended to highlight the fact that this could be a coincidence, but I'm not sure it is.
BTW, I'm not saying that both bankruptcies were his fault. But I do think he was part of the reason why both companies were mismanaged. I also wonder why Borders hired him in 2005; Tower Records were already dying at that point.
As I said in the title, it's an interesting footnote.
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