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Expert in Publishing, Media, Software, Technology, Information and Education

Expert ID: 734965 New Jersey, USA

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Expert is a publishing and media executive with over 25 years' experience in business strategy, operations and technology implementation. As a business executive, Expert has successfully managed several troubled and under-performing businesses, creating new businesses opportunities, developing new funding sources and enhancing shareholder value for investors. His years spent as an operating executive have largely been with brand-name publishing companies such as Macmillan, Inc., Berlitz International, Wolters Kluwer Health, Reed Elsevier, Ingenta Technology and R.R. Bowker. As a consultant, Expert has worked with clients as diverse as AARP, Hewlett Packard, InterPublic Companies and Reed Elsevier with an emphasis on business strategy, market development and corporate development.

His skills and experience include:

• Business and corporate strategy development and implementation
• Operations management and business transformation
• Traditional and digital publishing and operations
• Print-to-digital transformation and adoption of new business models
• Software development and software services

Expert holds an MBA (Finance) from Georgetown University and a BA from Boston University. He has served on several boards and advisory groups, including the Association of American Publishers, Book Industry Study Group and the International ISBN organization. Additionally, he has public and private company board experience.

 Led product development, editorial and production teams for large scale print and digital information publisher. Managed international staff of 50. Established product management methodology including standard approaches to product life-cycle, market analysis, conceptual design, functional design, development, and launch/go-to-market practices. Migrated 40+ titles to the web and launched more than 20 entirely new web data and analytics products.
 Led professional services teams (40+ staff) in software development, application integration and support and led project teams (2-10 team members) in systems evaluation, business process reengineering and corporate and business strategy. Certified project management trainer for proprietary methodology training at PWC.
 Directly managed product road maps for multiple new market entry products including database/information products, software platforms and trade books and educational content. Extensive work with cross-functional teams including sales, editorial and product development and external customers to help define and enhance products in agile development environments.
 Foundational experience as financial planning and analysis executive charged with establishing budgets, strategic plans and operational reviews. Reviewed major product investment proposals, conducted acquisition due diligence and other similar operational finance projects.
 Led corporate development team to carve out $40 million operating unit from Reed Elsevier and divest business. Subsequently, elevated to President and managed business from a base of $35 million to $55 million in four years. Built entire executive team, defined print-to-web migration strategy, acquired five businesses and effectively managed several sunsetting legacy products. Mentored executive team and implemented bonus and incentive program to support strategic goals of the business. Raised profit from break-even to over 18% of revenue.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, New York - Yonkers, New York - Newark, New Jersey - Jersey City, New Jersey - Paterson, New Jersey - Elizabeth, New Jersey - Bridgeport, Connecticut - New Haven, Connecticut - Hartford, Connecticut - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1988 Degree: MBA Subject: Finance Institution: Georgetown University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2016 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Founder/Managing Partner Department: Executive Responsibilities: Strategy consulting for digital and content-centric companies established in 2006. Select clients and projects:

 AARP – Market assessment, financial modeling and market definition for new membership service offering
 Membership association – Business process reengineering to support new education and assessment program
 Private equity client – Due diligence review, staffing and operational efficiency planning for prospective deals
Years: 2013 to 2015 Employer: Ingenta plc Title: CEO Department: Executive Responsibilities: UK publicly traded technology provider of content management and application software for publishers and content owners

Chief Executive Officer, Board Member and Investor
 Completed $15 million corporate refinancing (July 2015), avoiding restructure
 Reorganized and “right-sized” all operations including executive team; hired key staff including CTO
 Operational responsibility for 175 staff members operating globally and annual revenues of $22 million
 Relaunched digital (online) content management software division with addition of 50 new publishers
 Collaborated with customers including academic & scholarly publishers, libraries and other content-rich organizations
Years: 2011 to 2012 Employer: SharedBook, Inc Title: CRO Department: Executive Responsibilities: Custom textbook and content-management platform for educational publishers and content providers

Chief Revenue Officer & Head of Business Development
 Completed more than 150 content-licensing agreements with major publishers within 18-month period
 Launched new AcademicPub custom publishing platform
 Organized and managed entirely new sales team supporting new product launch
Years: 2010 to 2011 Employer: WoltersKluwer Health Title: VP Technology & New Product Development Department: Executive Responsibilities: Global $200 million health textbook education provider

Vice President, Technology and New Product Development (Interim)
 Imposed rigor and project management structure to ensure delivery and return on investment for several in-process and troubled new product development initiatives
 Managed staff supporting over $40 million print production budget and outsourcing vendor relationships
 Recruited permanent staff to take over department responsibility and roles

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2013 to 2015 Country / Region: UK Summary: Ingenta plc is a UK headquartered business where, as CEO, my office was located.
Years: 2013 to 2015 Country / Region: UK, Europe, Australia Summary: CEO of RR Bowker which had offices and staff in these locations in addition to the US.
Years: 2013 to 2015 Country / Region: China Summary: CEO of Ingenta Joint Venture in China (Beijing)

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