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Kumsal Bayazit appointed Chief Executive Officer of Elsevier

Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health, today announced Kumsal Bayazit has been appointed Chief Executive Officer effective February 15, 2019.

Bayazit has worked at RELX Group, Elsevier’s parent company, since 2004. She started her career at Legal and Risk & Business Analytics, where she held a number of senior strategy and operational roles. In 2012, she was appointed Chief Strategy Officer of RELX Group, as well as chair of the company’s Chief Technology Officers’ Forum, formed to foster a strategic acceleration into an increasingly data-driven business focused on analytics and decision tools. For the past three years, she has been the Regional President for Europe, Middle East and Africa at RELX Group’s exhibitions business. Prior to joining RELX Group, Bayazit worked at Bain & Company in the US, South Africa and Australia. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.

Bayazit replaces Ron Mobed who, after seven years as Elsevier’s Chief Executive Officer, has decided to retire. Mobed joined Elsevier in 2011 and became Chief Executive in 2012. He will support his successor during the transition, providing counsel and advice until June. Youngsuk (YS) Chi will remain Chairman of Elsevier.

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Atypon Announces Leadership Transition

Founder and CEO, Georgios Papadopoulos, has assumed the new role of Chairman, and Marty Picco, Atypon’s Senior Vice President of Product, has been promoted to the new role of General Manager.

This leadership transition will allow Mr. Papadopoulos to turn his attention from the company’s day-to-day operations to focus full-time on new technology initiatives and strategic ventures.

“Atypon has always been committed to applying our deep technical resources and creative minds to advance scholarly research communication,” said Mr. Papadopoulos. “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to focus more closely on new innovations that help enable the creation and dissemination of knowledge through technology.”

As General Manager, Mr. Picco will be responsible for the company’s operations and management. He joined Atypon in 2010 and has served as Atypon’s Senior Vice President of Product for the last five years.

“It’s an honor to take the helm of a company with such talented colleagues, world class technology, and prestigious clients,” said Marty Picco, Atypon’s new General Manager, “particularly at a time of such significant industry transformation. I’m excited to focus on strengthening our organization and technology platform to help scholarly publishers not only navigate today’s business uncertainties but to succeed long-term.”

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Bart Murphy named OCLC Chief Technology and Information Officer

Bart Murphy, an innovative technology leader with significant application development and infrastructure management experience, has been named Chief Technology and Information Officer of OCLC.

Murphy’s technology experience spans a diverse set of organizations and industries. He most recently was the Chief Technology Officer of PriorAuthNow, a technology organization that enables streamlining of healthcare access through prior authorization automation. Before joining PriorAuthNow, he was the Chief Information and Technology Officer at York Risk Services Group.

The depth of Murphy’s technology experience in software development, infrastructure, data management, security, portfolio and agile management makes him an ideal technology leader for OCLC. That technology leadership earned Murphy a spot among IDG’s Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders, which recognizes exceptional technology leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges.

“Bart is a skilled technology leader with experience leading large technology teams,” said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO. “His knowledge of application development, architecture and infrastructure will help us continue to deliver innovative technologies libraries need to serve their users.”

OCLC is a leading nonprofit global technology organization headquartered in Dublin, Ohio. OCLC provides shared technology services, original research and community programs to libraries worldwide. OCLC and its member libraries worldwide cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services.

“I’m thrilled to be part of the highly respected team at OCLC,” said Murphy. “It is an organization I have long admired for its reputation, talent and purpose. I look forward to continuing the great work of OCLC.”

Murphy will oversee OCLC’s global engineering centers. He will be based in the Dublin, Ohio, headquarters.

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Ivan Oransky, MD, Recognized Leader in Medical Publishing, Joins Medscape as Vice President, Editorial

Medscape, the leading source of clinical news, health information, and point-of-care tools for healthcare professionals, today announced that Ivan Oransky, MD, a recognized leader in medical journalism, has joined the organization as Vice President, Editorial.

“Ivan is an established and experienced leader in medical journalism, and we are pleased to welcome him to Medscape,” said Jo-Ann Strangis, Senior Vice President, Editorial and Audience Engagement, Medscape. “His commitment to journalistic quality and integrity fits perfectly with Medscape’s mission to provide physicians and healthcare professionals with rigorous content that is compelling and relevant to their practice.”

Dr. Oransky recently held senior editorial positions at MedPage Today and Reuters Health. Additionally, he was in editorial roles at Scientific American, The Scientist and Praxis Post and co-founded Retraction Watch, which reports on scientific retractions, fraud and related issues. Dr. Oransky serves as President of the Association of Health Care Journalists and is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

He earned his medical degree from New York University, completed his internship in psychiatry at Yale University, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Medscape’s world-class brand,” said Dr. Oransky. “I have devoted my career to furthering the highest standards in health and science journalism, and I look forward to working with one of the best editorial teams in medical publishing to further our shared commitment.”

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Steven Zatz Joins WebMD Board of Directors

WebMD Health Corp., an Internet Brands company, today announced that Steven Zatz, M.D., is joining WebMD’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Bob Brisco, the CEO of Internet Brands, will serve as CEO of WebMD, while remaining in his current role with the parent company.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Zatz stay involved at WebMD, following his nearly two decades of building the business into the powerhouse that it has become,” said Mr. Brisco.

“Having decided to step back from day-to-day involvement, I’m delighted as a member of the WebMD Board to be able to work with Bob and the talented WebMD senior leadership team focusing on the strategic growth of the company,” said Dr. Zatz.

Dr. Zatz was appointed CEO of WebMD in September 2016, having served the company in senior positions for more than 19 years.  Under his leadership, Medscape has become the leading source of online information for physicians and other health professionals, as well as the largest online source of continuing medical education.  Similarly, under Dr. Zatz’s leadership, WebMD has continued to be the leading online consumer destination for health information while launching new platforms and services that enable consumers to take specific actions to address their health care needs.  Additionally, WebMD Health Serviceshas continued to expand and enhance its customizable health and wellness solutions for employers and health plans.

“Steve’s vision and leadership have built WebMD and Medscape into iconic healthcare brands,” said Mr. Brisco. “His depth of experience will be extremely valuable as we expand our services, platforms and digital innovations and continue to drive growth, engagement and value to our customers.”

Mr. Brisco has been CEO, President, and Director of Internet Brands since 1999. Under his leadership, Internet Brands has grown from a start-up to serve more than 100,000 clients, engage more than 250 million unique visitors per month, and employ more than 5,000 employees. Prior to Internet Brands, Mr. Brisco was president of Universal Studios Hollywood and CityWalk, one of the largest entertainment destinations in the world, hosting more than 10 million visitors per year.