Alison McGonagle-O’Connell is now Senior Director of Marketing at HighWire. O’Connell’s nearly 20 years of experience in scholarly communications include 10 years working for commercial publishers, and more recently, leading marketing and community initiatives for software as a service providers in the space including Ebsco Information Systems, Aries Systems, and Coko.
O’Connell leads HighWire’s Marketing team, and has full responsibility for increasing HighWire’s engagement in the space, in addition to participating on the Executive Leadership Team. O’Connell is well positioned with experience successfully developing community around platform tools supporting editorial and production workflow management, as well as dissemination and discovery technologies. She is a skilled community facilitator, and an active participant in industry initiatives and professional development organizations including the NISO CRediT initiative, Council of Science Editors, Peer Review Week, and more.
“We are delighted to welcome Alison, who will work with John Sack, Tony Alves, and Matt Pedersen, to reinvigorate our unique Community approach,” said Rahul Arora, CEO of MPS. “This addition is a step forward in following through on our promise to bring the community together to address pertinent issues facing scholarly publishing.”
“I am so excited to have Alison join HighWire,” said Matt Pedersen, Vice President of Customer Solutions. “I’m looking forward to partnering directly with her as we relaunch our Publisher events over the course of this year, reclaiming HighWire’s historical role of industry-wide community organizer.”
“I am so fortunate to join HighWire at this moment,” commented O’Connell. “There are many opportunities for the combined strength of MPS and HighWire to support publishers and the broader ecosystem. I look forward to working to connect our brand and our products with constituent use cases and feedback items.”