- 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.
- Christopher Larkin named CTO for Elsevier’s Health Markets
Elsevier, the global information analytics business specializing in science and health, has named Christopher Larkin to the Chief Technology Officer position overseeing its Health Markets.
Larkin comes to Elsevier from GE, where he was Vice President for GE Digital’s Predix Advanced Analytics and Data Products. Prior to that, Larkin was CTO for GE Healthcare, where he led teams working on precision and regenerative medicine solutions in the healthcare and life sciences marketplace through predictive analytics, machine learning, image analytics, and big data for genetic and oncology applications.
“The acceleration of personalized medicine will depend on our ability to rapidly transform scientific content into actionable insight,” Larkin said. “The delivery of insight is how our healthcare provider community will maximize patient outcomes. I believe Elsevier is positioned for leadership in this transformation and am truly excited to join the team.”
Elsevier’s Health Markets includes Clinical Solutions and Education. The Clinical Solutions group provides reference and workflow solutions for physicians and other medical professionals, from clinical decision support and patient engagement to competency management and academic education. The Education group provides institutions, educators and students with content and innovative teaching, and learning technology that delivers data and analytics for improving student and program outcomes.
“Our solutions for clinicians and medical researchers increasingly are driven by AI technologies, and we’re bringing together a talented team to help us develop and deliver these solutions to the market,” said Dan Olley, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Elsevier, to whom Larkin will report. “Chris brings a wealth of business experience and deep technology knowledge to Health Markets. We’re pleased to welcome Chris to our growing team.”
Larkin has an MS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He will be based in Elsevier’s Philadelphia office.
- Scott Winner confirmed as CEO of Ingenta
Ingenta, a leading provider of solutions to simplify, manage, promote and deliver publishers’ business, has announced the permanent appointment of Scott Winner to the position of CEO.
Scott Winner, who has been acting CEO since May 2018, and who was previously COO at the company, replaces David Montgomery.
Winner joined Ingenta in 2015 and as COO he was responsible for transforming how Ingenta both creates and delivers new products and innovations to customers.
Scott brings over 25 years of broad experience in driving organizations’ technology solutions and product offerings across a variety of different industries, including educational publishing, manufacturing and financial services. He adds value by driving strategy and partnering with clients, delivering technology with professional services to help them unlock their potential. Scott has held roles at Pearson Education, Amplify Learning, McGraw-Hill and the Fireman’s Fund insurance company.
In his short tenure as acting CEO, Winner has spearheaded the strategy for the forthcoming launch of Ingenta Aperture, shifting the organization’s focus towards key Products and Services, while increasing engagement with Ingenta’s partners and stakeholders.
Scott Winner commented: “I am delighted to have this opportunity to drive Ingenta’s strategic direction forward during this exciting period of transformation and look forward to partnering with our clients and applying my skills to contribute to the evolving world of publishing in all its aspects. Ingenta’s long independent history combined with strong industry knowledge and functionally superior solutions gives me an opportunity to focus both my passion for technology solutions and my fondness for the written word.”
- LM Information Delivery appoints Caroline Currie as Country Manager for UK & Ireland
LM Information Delivery, one of the leading global providers of subscription and information management services, is pleased to announce the appointment of Caroline Currie as Country Manager for the UK and Ireland.
Caroline has over 20 years’ experience in the STM publishing sector and joins LM Information Delivery form Taylor & Francis, where she was Global Head of Corporate Sales.
She will be joining the experienced and dedicated team based in LM Information Delivery’s Banbury office and is looking forward to visiting as many customers as possible over the coming months:
“I’m thrilled to be joining LM Information Delivery”, says Caroline. “The company’s growth and development over the past years, both in the UK and across the globe, is something I’ve followed with interest. As the top supplier for various national consortia and with many other high profile clients in the UK and Ireland, this is an exciting time to be joining the company. I’m looking forward to leading the talented team of information professionals and building on the great work they’re doing in order to drive the business forward.”
LM Information Delivery’s Chief Commercial Officer, Juan Carlos Martín Gonzalez commented:
“We’re excited to welcome Caroline to the LM Information Delivery UK team. When recruiting for this role, we were committed to finding the ideal candidate who would be able to take our UK operations to the next level. After a rigorous recruitment process, we were very pleased to be able to appoint Caroline. Her breadth of knowledge and experience within the STM publishing industry makes her ideally suited for this role and I’m confident that her business development background and proven leadership skills will be appreciated by our both our UK staff and customers.”
- Jay Flynn Named Chief Product Officer for Wiley Research
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a global research and education company, today announced that Jay Flynn will take on the new role of Chief Product Officer for Wiley’s Research business. In addition to his current duties leading the Research publishing group, Mr. Flynn will now be responsible for Wiley’s society portfolio, as well as digital product strategy for the business. Jay will drive innovation and be evaluating the larger Research strategic roadmap to ensure Wiley meets the evolving needs of our market.
“Researchers are our North Star and our success is measured by our ability to meet their needs,” said Judy Verses, Executive Vice President of Research at Wiley. “Jay’s new role helps us to provide researchers with the critical tools necessary to advance their research.”
Mr. Flynn began his online publishing career in the mid-1990s at Elsevier Engineering Information, where he worked on database products for the German-speaking market. He later transitioned to New York to work on the launch of Elsevier’s Science Direct and has held senior roles at Wolters Kluwer Health and Cengage Learning. Jay has been at Wiley since 2010, serving most recently as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Research Publishing.
“Now more than ever, we need to pay careful attention to where research and technology trends are taking our industry,” Mr. Flynn said. “Researchers are communicating in amazing new ways and using new tools to share their work. At Wiley, we will continue to focus obsessively on helping researchers make a bigger impact, not just in their chosen fields but far beyond. I’m excited to lead Wiley’s great team of product managers, editors, data scientists and publishers as we bring a renewed focus to the subject communities we serve.”
- Andy Douglas returns to Springer Nature as VP Commercial for Nature Research
Following four years at Wolters Kluwer as VP Sales EMEA, Andy Douglas is rejoining Springer Nature as VP Commercial for Nature Research, the brand which includes Nature, the leading international weekly journal of science.
Bringing together a wide range of services, Andy will oversee sales and marketing for all of Nature Research’s Client Marketing Services – advertising, career services, sponsorship, custom publishing and conferences – as well as for the company’s researcher services, such as Nature Masterclasses and Naturejobs.
Commenting, Andy Douglas said: “I am delighted to be returning to Springer Nature at such an exciting time. Next year Nature is 150 years old and I’m looking forward to working with the prestigious brands in the portfolio such as Nature and Scientific American. Our digital advertising capabilities as well as our ability to directly meet researchers’ needs via training and career services, all enable us to create exciting opportunities for the research community.”
Commenting, Dean Sanderson, Managing Director, Nature Research, said: “We have ambitious goals at Nature Research – to become the leading online provider of training services for scientists with Nature Masterclasses Online; to expand our position as the leader in STM career services and to become the go-to provider of strategic marketing services to research-led organizations across the globe. With his in-depth experience in scientific advertising and full understanding of Nature’s products and brand, Andy is the ideal person to join up our initiatives across custom publishing, sponsorship, and institutional partnerships which will allow us to achieve these goals and better help the research community advance discovery.”
- CABI welcomes Dr Andrew Robinson as new Managing Director, Publishing
CABI welcomes Dr Andrew Robinson as its new Managing Director, Publishing to lead and drive its Publishing and Knowledge Management activities and products. These include the world-renowned CAB Abstracts and Global Health as well as compendia, books, eBooks, full text resources and important open access resources such as the Plantwise Knowledge Bank and Invasive Species Compendium.
Andy comes to CABI after serving as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Society Services, Research, at Wiley, the academic publisher, where he enjoyed a 25-year career. Most recently he led a global team that provided publishing services to more than 500 societies, associations and not-for-profit organisations. His team covered a full range of subjects from agriculture to zoology, offering journal, magazine, e-learning, web publishing and career services as well as publishing the Cochrane Library – the world’s leading database of evidence-based medicine.
Andy has a first-class degree in botany from University College London (UCL) and a PhD in plant biochemistry, focusing on the regulation of glycolysis in potatoes, from the University of Cambridge.
Talking about his new role, Andy said, “I’m really excited to join CABI. It’s an organisation with an incredible breadth and range of products and projects. It spans everything from conducting research, to publishing research, and then, making a difference by applying research in the field. CABI really puts knowledge to work and has hard evidence of making a real difference, primarily to smallholder farmers around the world, helping them to grow more, lose less and fund things like the education of their children.”
CABI CEO, Dr Trevor Nicholls, said, “We’re pleased to have recruited a strong commercial publisher with a track record of developing strategy and delivering results to lead our publishing business. Andy brings a great depth of experience to CABI.”
- Taneli Ruda Named Wiley’s Chief Strategy Officer
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., today announced the appointment of Taneli Ruda as the company’s new EVP & Chief Strategy Officer, effective July 9, 2018. With over 20 years of experience across information, technology and consulting industries, Mr. Ruda will help to define and accelerate the next phase of Wiley’s growth, driving key initiatives that serve the research and education sectors.
“Taneli is an exceptional talent, and I am excited to welcome him to Wiley,” said Brian Napack, President and CEO, Wiley. “He has extensive experience identifying robust and sustainable growth strategies for global organizations. Taneli’s innovative thinking and ability to translate complex strategies into action will help us to shape the future of global research and education, and to ensure the success of Wiley’s customers and partners.”
Most recently, Mr. Ruda served as Head of Corporate Strategy at Thomson Reuters, with responsibility for defining the company’s portfolio and growth strategies and driving company-wide mergers and acquisitions (M&A). During his time at Thomson Reuters, Mr. Ruda was also SVP and Managing Director of ONESOURCE Global Trade, where he successfully expanded the software suite globally and positioned it as a leader in the management of complex tax and trade issues.
Prior to Thomson Reuters, Mr. Ruda held senior strategy roles at Nokia, including VP of Strategy Development and Director of Technology Strategy, where he drove global strategy initiatives and managed the company’s key technology and business strategy decision-making forums. Mr. Ruda also served as a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group. He holds a Doctorate in Technology and Master of Science from the Helsinki University of Technology.
“I’m thrilled to be joining Wiley at this exciting time in the company’s history, during the evolution of its important markets,” Mr. Ruda said. “Changing the shape of education and research through technology, services and dynamic content is a critical undertaking in our global knowledge economy. I look forward to working with the leadership team and our global colleagues to drive the strategic planning process at Wiley and help our customers and partners achieve their goals.”
- Tim Barton Joins Silverchair as President
Silverchair Information Systems, a leading provider of technology platforms and services for the professional and scholarly knowledge industry, today announced that Tim Barton has been named its new President. Mr. Barton will report to Thane Kerner, who will remain CEO.
“I’m proud and honored that our team can attract an executive with the talent and experience of Tim Barton,” said Mr. Kerner. “As we expand our capabilities to serve a rapidly evolving marketplace for scholarly and professional content, Tim will bring crucial publishing expertise and strategic perspective to our investments and innovations.”
In his 27-year career with Oxford University Press Mr. Barton held various positions across the organization, including President of OUP USA. Mr. Barton served most recently as Managing Director for the Global Academic Division of Oxford University Press, where he was responsible for OUP’s research publishing globally, including journals, scholarly books, and reference, and for higher education, and dictionary publishing. This was the first time that OUP had pulled together responsibility for this wide range of publishing under a single manager. Under his leadership, OUP successfully transitioned to become a digital and global business, and achieved strong growth, including doubling the size of the journals business, while adhering to the strict quality requirements mandated by Oxford University.
“Technology is playing an increasingly central role in learned publishing, and our industry is facing transitions that are both exciting and profoundly challenging,” said Mr. Barton. “I am looking forward to engaging with an organization whose products and people I came greatly to admire as a partner over recent years, and to see what we can do together to empower the next generation of creators and users of scholarly knowledge.”
- Aref Matin Named Wiley’s Chief Technology Officer
John Wiley and Sons, Inc., a global research and learning company, today announced the appointment of Aref Matin as the company’s new Chief Technology Officer, effective May 21, 2018. In this role, Mr. Matin will lead and accelerate Wiley’s evolution as a world-class, fully integrated technology organization serving the research and education sectors.
“I am thrilled to welcome Aref to Wiley’s leadership team,” said Brian Napack, President and CEO, Wiley. “He is a proven leader and innovator with extensive experience building world-class technology teams and developing highly-successful products and platforms. His expertise is essential to keeping Wiley at the forefront of delivering research and learning content, tools and services that ensure our customers’ success.”
Mr. Matin was most recently EVP and CTO at Ascend Learning, a leading provider of content, software and analytics solutions in the healthcare education space. He was responsible for all technology and led the development of a highly successful set of customer-centric products and delivery platforms.
Previously, at Pearson Global Education Services, Mr. Matin defined the company’s technology and product strategy and led a highly complex global technology and product transformation in partnership with the businesses.
Mr. Matin held senior-level positions at TomTom and Siemens. He holds a MS and BS in Electrical Engineering from Northrop University and certification from the Executive Business Leadership Program at Yale University. Mr. Matin also served on the board of My Child Inc., an education engagement company.
“It’s a privilege to join Wiley at such a pivotal time in the research and education spaces,” said Mr. Matin. “I look forward to working with the leadership team and all my new Wiley colleagues to continue driving technological change and bringing innovative products and services to our publishing and education customers.”