Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic Appoints Andrew Friedman President and CEO

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RFB&D leader advances the use of accessible educational solutions for people with learning differences

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Andrew Friedman, RFB&D President and CEO

As the spectrum of assistive technology expands to embrace wider needs of the public, we have the ability to drive solutions that help more people who learn differently fulfill their educational goals.

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic® (RFB&D®), the nation’s leading provider of accessible educational content, has announced the appointment of Andrew Friedman as President and CEO.

Friedman joined RFB&D in January 2009 as Chief Financial Officer and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer later that same year. He took over as interim CEO in May 2010. He has demonstrated his passion for operational excellence leading the organization in the development of a new strategic plan, infrastructure upgrades, and expansion of the delivery platforms to mainstream environments such as Macs and PCs and the soon to be launched app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

“Andrew has done a superb job guiding the organization as interim CEO, creating strong momentum in strategy, technology development and cultural change,” said Andrew Hofer, Chairman of RFB&D’s National Board of Directors. “We are an organization that makes an immediate impact on peoples’ lives – and Andrew has already made a major impact on our team and community around the country. Thanks to his leadership, RFB&D is embracing the highest standards of efficiency and positioning itself for a bright future – advancing the use of accessible and effective educational solutions when access and reading are barriers to learning.”

Friedman received his business degree from Tulane University’s AB Freeman School of Business. Prior to joining RFB&D, he was Founder and Partner of iFOS Publishing/Parenting Teens Network, where he raised capital to launch the company, ran all operations, and established distribution partnerships with large not-for-profit associations. He was also a Partner and Chief Financial Officer for Rosetta LLC and SimStar Inc., a marketing services agency and professional services company, where he defined and implemented ongoing corporate strategy and managed overall operations for the organization. In his earlier experience, Friedman took on roles of escalating responsibility with Petersen Publishing Company, where he served as General Manager; and Primedia Directories Inc., where he served as CFO and Director of Operations.

“After decades of making educational content accessible to people with visual and learning disabilities, our opportunity is more exciting than ever,” said Friedman. “As the spectrum of assistive technology expands to embrace wider needs of the public, we have the ability to drive solutions that help more people who learn differently fulfill their educational goals.”

About Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic

Founded in 1948, RFB&D serves more than 300,000 K-12, college and graduate students, as well as veterans and lifelong learners – all of whom are blind, visually impaired, dyslexic or have other disabilities that prohibit them from reading standard print. RFB&D's collection of more than 64,000 digital textbooks and literature titles – delivered through internet downloads and available on Macs and PCs, CD and various assistive technology devices – is the largest of its kind in the world. More than 5,500 volunteers across the U.S. help make RFB&D’s content available, which students rely on to achieve educational success and entry into the workforce. RFB&D, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education, state and local education programs, and the generous contributions of individuals, foundations and corporations. For more information, call (866) 732-3585 or visit http://www.rfbd.org.

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