ATG People in the News 5/19/17

PLOS is pleased to announce the appointment of Alison Mudditt as its Chief Executive Officer, effective June 19, 2017.  For the past six years Mudditt served as Director of University of California Press (UC Press) where she ushered in new strategies to lead the company into the digital age, including the innovative journal and monograph Open Access programs Collabra and Luminos. Prior to UC Press, Mudditt was Executive Vice President at SAGE Publications, Inc., leading publishing programs across books, journals and digital platforms. Her 25 plus years in the publishing industry include leadership positions at Blackwell Publishers in Oxford, UK, and Taylor & Francis Inc., in Philadelphia, US. Mudditt received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Bath and her Masters in Business Administration from The Open University.

“PLOS is truly privileged to bring on board a person of Alison’s caliber whose extensive experience in and deep knowledge of academic publishing will invigorate a renewed focus on our mission—transforming research communication to better serve authors, readers and the public,” said Gary Ward, Chairman of the Board at PLOS. “Her history and accomplishments as a leader, coalition builder and strategic thinker for organizations experiencing change is impressive and will prove very valuable to PLOS in the years ahead.”

“I am delighted to join a like-minded publisher in PLOS, which fully embraces the Open Access principles that drive its mission,” said Mudditt. “PLOS’ long-held reputation as a change agent in this industry provides a tremendously gratifying challenge as we continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in scientific publishing.”


KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Elsevier, … has appointed Jean P. Shipman, currently Executive Director of Knowledge Management and the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah, to fill a newly created role of Vice President, Global Library Relations. Her role commences on August 7, 2017.

The Vice President, Global Library Relations is responsible for building deep and mutually beneficial relationships across the library community, particularly in the academic and research sectors. Jean will lead programs that leverage Elsevier’s capabilities to deliver analyses to form the basis of collaborative discussions, develop systematic studies, form and lead projects that address mutual objectives, and facilitate knowledge transfer with and between Elsevier colleagues and librarians.

Jean is a former president of the Medical Library Association (MLA) and past member of the Board of Directors for the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP). She also serves as Director, MidContinental Region and National Training Office, National Network of Libraries of Medicine…”


Innovative Interfaces, …, announced today the launch of a new Customer Operations organization. This new organization will be under the leadership of Marina Keating, Senior Vice President of Customer Operations, and will include the current Library Success, Professional Services, Training, and Support functions.

In addition, Hilary Newman is appointed to the role of Senior Vice President of the Customer Support and Customer Success functions. As part of this role, Hilary will oversee improvements in the Customer Support experience and enhancements to the Customer Supportal…”


Publishers Lunch reports on a number of changes in the publishing world including “Ian Buruma being named editor of The New York Review of Books, succeeding co-founder Robert B. Silvers who died recently. Buruma has been a regular contributor to The New York Review since 1985, in addition to other publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, and La Repubblica. He is also the Paul W. Williams Professor of Democracy, Human Rights, and Journalism at Bard College. Publisher Rea Hederman said in the release, “Ian’s long relationship with both founding editors will preserve the editorial quality and independence for which the Review has been known since its first issue in 1963…”

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