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September 20, 2012

Jesse C. Wiley Elected to Wiley’s Board of Directors; Brad Wiley II and Warren J. Baker Retire

Hoboken, N.J.

Peter Booth Wiley, Chairman of the Board of Directors ofJohn Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWa and JWb), a global provider of content and workflow solutions in areas of scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly research; professional; and education, announced the following changes in the Board’s membership, effective today after the vote at the company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders:

  • The election of Jesse C. Wiley, a seventh-generation descendant of the company’s founder.
  • The retirement of Bradford Wiley II, a Board member since 1979 and its Chairman from 1993-2002, and
  • The retirement of Warren J. Baker, a Board member since 1993 and the President Emeritus of California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.

“Jesse brings to the Board the fresh perspective he has gained through his involvement in the transformation that is taking place at Wiley,” said the senior Mr. Wiley.  “His election represents the next generation of leadership in the Wiley family and our continuing commitment to the company.  I know that my fellow directors join me in looking forward to working closely with Jesse as we guide Wiley through this exciting and challenging period.”

Jesse Wiley, a seventh-generation descendant of the company’s founder and Peter Booth Wiley’s son, has been involved in the company’s day-to-day operations since 2003.  He is currently responsible for digital and new business initiatives within Wiley’s Professional/Trade business under the Jossey-Bass and Pfeiffer imprints. Mr. Wiley has attended all Board and Committee meetings as an observer since March 2011, has a Certificate of Director Education from the National Association of Corporate Directors, and has completed the Stanford Directors’ College executive education program at the Stanford University Law School.

Peter Wiley continued, “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Brad and Warren for their significant contributions to the Board and to our company. Brad’s service has been distinguished by his focus on effective and accountable corporate governance.  Warren’s knowledge and insights about our markets, in particular higher education, have been an invaluable resource to the board for nearly two decades.”

Bradford Wiley II served as a director since 1979 and the Chairman of Wiley’s Board from 1993 to 2002, He was an editor in its Higher Education business from 1989 to 1998. He is a viticulturist and was previously a newspaper journalist and winery manager.

Warren J. Baker, a director since 1993, is the President Emeritus, California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, Special Assistant to the Chancellor, California State University and is a member of numerous organizations related to the advancement of Higher Education.

Wiley’s Board of Directors currently has twelve members.

 

About Wiley

Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has been a valued source of information and understanding for more than 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 450 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Peace.

Our core businesses publish scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, encyclopedias, books, and online products and services; professional/trade books, subscription products, training materials, and online applications and Web sites; and educational materials for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners. Wiley's global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company's Web site can be accessed at http://www.wiley.com. The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols JWa and JWb.