People in the News 3/4/14

by | Mar 4, 2014 | 0 comments

cengage_learningCengage Learning Announces Strategic Hires to Support Continued Emergence as Innovative Global Education Leader

Cengage Learning…  “announced four strategic hires to support its future as a global leader in education. Additions to Cengage include Fernando Bleichmar, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer; Torsten Geers, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and M&A; Susan Aspey, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs; and Josef Blumenfeld, Senior Vice resident of Corporate Affairs…

  • Fernando Bleichmar, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, serving on the Executive Team and reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for the continuing evolution of Cengage Learning’s strategy. In addition, he oversees the company’s corporate development and competitive intelligence functions…
  • Torsten Geers, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and M&A, will lead the company’s corporate development activities, including mergers & acquisition, divestitures, alliances and other key strategic development initiatives.  Torsten brings extensive relevant background in the global enterprise software and information services industries…
  • Susan Aspey, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, will be responsible for developing strategies, programs, and partnerships that will enhance Cengage’s position as a thought leader in education and will support more effective communication with key stakeholders who are focused on improving education…
  • Josef Blumenfeld, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, is responsible for all media relations and external communications and messaging for the company. Joe has more than 20 years of global media relations experience and he joins  Cengage most recently from his position as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications/Corporate Affairs at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) in Boston.

George Lossius to step down as Publishing Technology CEO

According to KnowledgeSpeak “content solutions provider Publishing Technology plc has announced that George Lossius will step down as Chief Executive in the near future, remaining on the Board as a Non-Executive Director.

The Board is in the process of agreeing the appointment of his replacement which will be announced in due course.

Publishing Technology is a provider of content solutions that transform business. The company covers the publishing process from end to end with content systems, audience development and content delivery software and services. Listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, the company operates jointly from Europe (Oxford) and North America (Boston and New Jersey), with local offices in Brazil, India, China and Australia. Assisting 400 trade and scholarly publishers for over thirty years, Publishing Technology solves the fundamental issues content providers face…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “The London Book Fair has announced that Baroness Martha Lane Fox, the UK Digital london book fair - www.publishingdirect.co.nzChampion, co-founder of lastminute.com and noted lover of literature, will appear in conversation with conference Chair Anna Rafferty at this year’s Publishing for Digital Minds Conference. The conference, which takes place on April 7, in association with The Publishers Association and sponsored by Copyright Clearance Center, will welcome a global audience of delegates for a day of keynote speeches, networking panel discussions and debates on the digital future of publishing.

As the publishing industry continues to respond to the opportunities and challenges of ecommerce, Baroness Lane Fox’s presence at the Publishing for Digital Minds Conference, will afford a great chance to hear from a pioneer of online business success on how to combine entrepreneurial flair within a wider arts and culture context. Delegates can look forward to a thought-provoking and informed session…

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