Library Technology Guides reports that John Wiley and Sons, Inc… today announced that President and CEO Stephen M. Smith has declared his intention to retire due to previously-disclosed medical reasons, effective June 1, 2015. The Board has elected Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mark Allin as his successor.

Mr. Smith has served as Wiley’s President and CEO since 2011, guiding the Company through its transition from a largely print publisher to a knowledge company focused on digital content and solutions. He first joined Wiley in 1992 as Vice President, Wiley Asia before becoming Senior Vice President, International Development in 1996 and then Senior Vice President, Wiley Europe in 2007. He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2009 before succeeding Will Pesce as President and CEO in 2011.

“Steve is retiring from Wiley with a significant legacy,” said Peter Wiley, Chairman. “He was instrumental in building up our international operations, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, and he successfully managed the integration of our largest-ever acquisition (Blackwell in 2007). As CEO, he divested our consumer publishing assets, acquired a number of very important solutions businesses in education and professional learning, and restrained the cost basis of our business, freeing up funds to invest in digital learning experiences and solutions. We are grateful for his many accomplishments over the years and wish him and his family the very best in retirement.”

Mr. Allin is a 14-year Wiley veteran, joining the Company with the acquisition of Capstone Publishing (which he founded) in 2000. He went on to serve as Managing Director of Wiley Asia, before being promoted to Executive Vice President, Professional Development in 2010 and then Chief Operating Officer in 2015…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Professor David Maguire, vice-chancellor at the University of Greenwich, has been appointed into the role of Jisc chair.

David is currently a Jisc trustee and in the past year has served as a member of the board of Jisc trustees, working alongside other senior leaders in promoting information and communications technology to enhance learning, teaching and research within the UK.

He follows in the immensely successful footsteps of Professor Sir Tim O’Shea and more recently Professor Martin Hall and brings with him a wealth of experience in both the US and UK, spanning the education and IT sectors. In his new role, David will play a key part in shaping the organisation’s future strategic planning and will oversee its charitable objectives.

David is an accomplished leader in the private sector as well as in higher education. An acknowledged expert in the computer mapping and geographic information systems, he has previously served as chief scientist and director of products at Esri (Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.), a global software company with headquarters in California.

In addition to being vice-chancellor at the University of Greenwich, he is a member of several other prestigious boards, including London Higher, Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex – NHS governing body, the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and the Universities UK Treasurer’s Committee.

The handover period between Martin Hall and David Maguire will take place during May.