Wiley Names Key Members of the Next Generation of Leadership
On October 12, 2009, William J. Pesce, President and CEO, and Stephen M. Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, announced the succession plan for the leadership of Wiley's three global businesses—Professional/Trade (P/T), Scientific, Technical, Medical, and Scholarly (STMS), also known as Wiley-Blackwell, and Higher Education (HE).
Stephen Kippur, Executive Vice President and President, Professional/Trade, will retire on July 31, 2010, after 31 years with the Company. Stephen has led Wiley’s P/T business since its inception, and his influence and contributions to its development over three decades stand out as one of the most notable accomplishments in the publishing industry.
Mark Allin will become Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of our global P/T business on January 1, 2010, and will report to Stephen Kippur during the period of transition. Mark joined Wiley with the acquisition of Capstone in 2000 and relocated to Asia in April 2003 to lead Wiley’s business in that region. His role as Vice President and Managing Director of Wiley Asia provided him with experience across all three Wiley businesses, and he is widely respected for his leadership qualities and for his ability to contribute to the success of our global business. Mark has a distinguished track record in professional, trade, and educational publishing, having held leadership positions at Simon & Schuster and Pearson before co-founding Capstone in 1996.
Eric Swanson, Senior Vice President, Scientific, Technical, Medical, and Scholarly, will retire on October 31, 2010, after 36 years with the Company, including his service at Alan R. Liss, which Wiley acquired in 1989. He was appointed leader of the global STMS business following the acquisition of Blackwell in February 2007, and he has been the primary architect of the strategic plans that have resulted in STMS becoming Wiley's largest and most profitable business.
Steven J. Miron assumed the position of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of global STMS on November 1, 2009, continuing to report to Eric Swanson. Steve joined Wiley in 1993 as Regional Manager for Taiwan and Korea. After serving for eight years as Vice President and Managing Director of Wiley Asia, he was appointed leader of global STM book publishing. Following the acquisition of Blackwell in 2007, Steve assumed the role of Vice President and Managing Director of the global STMS Physical Sciences business. He is a respected and influential member of the global STMS leadership team, with a distinguished track record and a demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively across our three businesses and generate impressive organic growth.
Bonnie Lieberman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Higher Education, will retire on April 30, 2011, after 21 years with the Company. Bonnie joined Wiley as a Publisher in HE in 1990, and succeeded Will Pesce as the leader of the business in 1996. Bonnie has contributed significantly to the revitalization and growth of HE and heads the team that has established Wiley as a leader in the application of technology in the higher education market, providing the foundation for future success.
Joe Heider will be promoted to the role of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of global HE effective May 1, 2010, continuing to report to Bonnie Lieberman. Joe came to Wiley from Prentice-Hall in 1994 as a Publisher. He was promoted to the role of Vice President and Executive Publisher in 1999, and assumed his current role as Vice President, Product and eBusiness Development, in October 2000. Joe has consistently demonstrated the ability to formulate and execute successful product and market development strategies, collaborating effectively across geographic and organizational boundaries, and has made major contributions to the development of new product models, most notably WileyPLUS.
"Stephen, Eric, and Bonnie have made enormous contributions as members of one of the longest-serving and most successful leadership teams in the industry," said Will Pesce. "They have built a solid foundation for Wiley's future success in challenging and rapidly changing markets, and we are grateful to them. Their retirements, after decades of service to our Company, and the appointments of Mark, Steve, and Joe represent important milestones in Wiley's remarkable history. It pleases me greatly that the next generation of leadership, which has embraced and contributed to Wiley’s unique culture, is being developed within the Company."