Firebrand’s commitment to community starts right in our own team. We come from all backgrounds, both inside and outside the publishing industry, and share a passion for books and dedication to quality.
- Executive Team
- Firebrand Experience Team
- Professional Services Team
- Finance Team
- Eloquence Services
- Technology Team
Angela Bole is Chief Executive Officer of The Firebrand Group, a family of companies that includes Firebrand Technologies, NetGalley LLC, and Supadu Ltd. Before The Firebrand Group, she was Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), a position she held for 9 years.
With over 20 years of book industry experience, Angela has spent her career creating and nurturing the kind of collaboration that builds best-in-class products and services. In 2019, she was named a Publishers Weekly notable person of the year for her work moving the causes of independent publishers forward. In addition, she has served on the boards of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). During her service to BISG, she was awarded both the Community Builder Award and the Industry Champion Award.
Angela has a master’s degree in Book Publishing from New York University and a bachelor’s in English with a minor in Gender Studies from Indiana University Bloomington. An avid reader, she lives in Redondo Beach, California where she runs a monthly book club of over 700 members, practices yoga as often as possible, and crochets blankets that are always looking for a good home.
Shane entered the Firebrand family in 2014 as NetGalley's Director of Technology, where he built and oversaw the team that delivered the next generation mobile-first NetGalley experience that we know and love today. As NetGalley continued to expand further into the global market, Shane's role eventually grew in 2017 to include all of Firebrand.
Prior to Firebrand, Shane led technology teams in the real estate and mobile gaming industries after working his way up from his first full time web engineering job in 2006. At the time that was a big career shift, as he had previously been a full time writer and editor for a radio controlled car hobbyist magazine.
A San Diego native and University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, Shane has never been far from books. He grew up in the waning era of the bookmobile, one of which dutifully visited the school bus stop near his childhood home twice a week. From those early days onward, Shane devoured books from just about every genre, though he has always had a soft spot for fantasy and science fiction.
Besides reading, Shane is a frequent disc golfer, follows Dodgers baseball and Arsenal soccer, and spends a great deal of time hiking through California's backcountry.