Stephen M. Smith Appointed as Wiley's Chief Operating Officer
William J. Pesce, President and Chief Executive Officer, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWa, JWb) announced today the appointment of Stephen M. Smith as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, effective May 1, 2009. Mr. Smith will be responsible for the overall direction and leadership of Wiley’s global publishing businesses. He will continue to report to Mr. Pesce, as will William Arlington, Senior Vice President, Human Resources; Ellis Cousens, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Operations Officer; Gary Rinck, Senior Vice President and General Counsel; and Deborah Wiley, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications. Eric Swanson, Senior Vice President, Scientific ,Technical, Medical and Scholarly; Stephen Kippur, Executive Vice President and President, Professional/Trade; and Bonnie Lieberman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Higher Education, will report to Mr. Smith. Mr. Smith is relocating to Wiley’s global headquarters in Hoboken, NJ, from Chichester, UK, where he is currently based as Senior Vice President, International Development, with responsibility for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Australia.
“Steve is a highly influential member of Wiley’s Leadership Team and a major contributor to the Company’s success. His leadership skills and extensive experience in Asia and Europe, where he has been actively involved in all of Wiley’s core businesses, will be critically important as Wiley evolves as a global enterprise. I value and appreciate his ability to lead and influence across organizational and geographic boundaries. Steve was actively engaged in the Blackwell acquisition and integration and is currently leading Wiley’s Corporate Citizenship initiative. He has an impressive record of recruiting and developing talent at Wiley,” said Mr. Pesce. He continued, “This appointment is tangible evidence of our commitment to the development of the next generation of leadership at Wiley. I admire and respect Steve and look forward to collaborating with him as we write the next chapter in Wiley’s remarkable history.”
“I am both honored and excited to work in this new capacity with Will Pesce. I have every confidence that the strength and vision of Wiley’s Leadership Team and the expertise, creativity, and dedication of Wiley colleagues around the world will enable us to build on our long record of success,” said Mr. Smith.
Mr. Smith joined Wiley in 1992 as Vice President, Wiley Asia. In 1995, he was promoted to the new position of Vice President, International Development. He became Senior Vice President, International Development in 1996, when he assumed corporate responsibility for Wiley Australia. In May 2000, Wiley’s Professional/Trade business in Europe was added to his responsibilities. In 2006, Mr. Smith became Chief Operating Officer of Wiley’s UK business. He was appointed Senior Vice President, Wiley Europe in 2007, while continuing his role in Asia and Australia.
Prior to joining Wiley, Mr. Smith was President of Simon & Schuster’s UK Academic and Professional Group, with management responsibility for the European operations of Simon & Schuster and Prentice Hall. During his time with Simon & Schuster, he also spent two years in the Middle East and six years as Managing Director of the Asian subsidiary in Singapore. He received his B.S. from Oxford Brookes University. He has been an active participant in industry campaigns to combat copyright infringement around the world.
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