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Not just technology — a team.

When you partner with Silverchair, you are buying more than our technology – you are looking to partner with great people who solve problems together, and our unique company culture serves as the foundation for the community we are building with our clients. After all, the team plays the key role of working directly with publisher staff to understand your requirements and vision and translate them into an optimal product on the Silverchair Platform. Silverchair and our publishers work in tandem in shaping implementations, engaging in creative dialogue around the strategies that will best help each publisher to achieve their unique goals.

``I am consistently surprised about how much I like everyone at Silverchair and how you can all be so friendly and competent at the same time!`` —Rob O'Donnell, Rockefeller University Press
``Everyone at Silverchair is brilliant and very helpful. We're extremely satisfied with the team.`` —Client Satisfaction Survey
``Clients simply like the people at Silverchair; they like the communications, they like the culture. It’s clear that Silverchair is not viewed as 'a mere vendor,' but as a strategic partner.`` —Independent consultant

Leadership

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    Thane Kerner

    Founder & Chair of the Board

    Thane Kerner

    Founder & Chair of the Board
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    Thane is the Founder of Silverchair Holdings, a pioneer in distributed digital knowledge technologies for education, reference, and professional workflow. The firm’s primary operating unit, Silverchair Information Systems, is a global leader in technology products and services that drive digital growth for scholarly and professional publishers. In 2012, SHI achieved the successful exit of Silverchair Learning Systems to Vista Equity Partners/Relias, now a subsidiary of Bertelsmann SE & Co. Mr. Kerner has served on the Executive Council of the Professional and Scholarly Publishers Division (PSP) of the Association of American Publishers; the Board of Directors of CHOR, Inc., and the Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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    Will Schweitzer

    Chief Executive Officer

    Will Schweitzer

    Chief Executive Officer
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    As Silverchair’s CEO, Will works with the management team to lead Silverchair. He oversees our business development, customer success, delivery, finance, product, people operations, and technology teams, making sure our products, services, and growth strategies meet the needs of our growing community. He has a deep knowledge of scholarly publishing, having worked in the industry for over 18 years in product and publisher roles for leading commercial and society houses including, most recently, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Science Magazine), SAGE Publications, the American Psychological Association, and Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

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    Lily Garcia Walton

    Chief People Officer + General Counsel

    Lily Garcia Walton

    Chief People Officer + General Counsel
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    Lily drives the company’s people strategy, enabling the success of Silverchair’s exceptional professionals. She has more than two decades of experience leading technology, education, media, and professional services organizations through transformative change while preserving a strong culture and a sense of mission. Lily is licensed to practice law in Colorado, DC, and Virginia, and she is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. She is a resident of Nelson County, Virginia, where she shares a cottage in the woods with her husband, two boys, three rescue cats, and a Morkie-Poo.

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    Brian Fitzgerald

    Chief Financial Officer

    Brian Fitzgerald

    Chief Financial Officer
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    Brian leads the financial, accounting, and administrative functions for the organization. He is a licensed CPA in the commonwealth of Virginia. Prior to joining Silverchair, Brian held leadership roles in public accounting, private equity, venture capital, and operations. In addition to financial reporting and forecasting, Brian is committed to process improvement, scalability, and sustainable growth.

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    Stuart Leitch

    Chief Technology Officer

    Stuart Leitch

    Chief Technology Officer
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    Stuart leads the strategic evolution and expansion of The Silverchair Platform, designing and leading technology initiatives for greater platform scalability and capability while enhancing Silverchair’s unparalleled flexibility for new product development. Stuart joined Silverchair in 2012 and has twenty years of enterprise architecture, system design, and software development experience in the education, engineering, nonprofit, and investment industries.

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    Paul Sanders

    Chief Delivery Officer

    Paul Sanders

    Chief Delivery Officer
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    Paul leads the Delivery arm of Silverchair, responsible for the product development projects that fuel the growth of our platform and our clients. Passionate about building high-impact SaaS products and high-performing Agile teams, Paul’s background spans product management, marketing and user experience, with a maniacal focus on the customer that provides a uniquely holistic approach to delivering products. Culture champion on the side, he is passionate about creating lovable places to work.

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    Betsy Donohue

    SVP, Business Development

    Betsy Donohue

    SVP, Business Development
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    Betsy is a business development professional with more than 25 years of creative sales, product development and marketing experience. She has successfully built strong partner relationships to leverage commercial success, and instinctively discovers and develops new opportunities for expanding profitability of commercial partnerships.

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    Emilie Delquié

    SVP, Product & Customer Success

    Emilie Delquié

    SVP, Product & Customer Success
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    Emilie Delquié serves on the Executive Team at Silverchair as Senior Vice President, Product and Customer Success.  Prior to that, she was the Director, Rightsholder Relations and Global Alliances for Copyright Clearance Center, where she was involved with hundreds of publishers and societies worldwide. In total, Emilie has 20+ years of experience in the publishing industry, serving in a variety of account management, business development and marketing positions in scholarly communication including PCG/Ingenta and the UMass Boston Library. She is pursuing an Executive MBA and serving her 3rd term on the SSP Board, where she is currently Treasurer.

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    Jon Meadows

    SVP, Technology

    Jon Meadows

    SVP, Technology
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    Jon Meadows is the SVP of Technology, managing technology leaders over the following areas: Software Development (Developers and Technical Leaders), Software Quality Assurance (SQA), Technical Operations (TechOps), Developer Operations (DevOps), and User Interface and User Experience (UI/UX). He provides prioritization, direction, and serves as a point of escalation. Jon has 13+ years of technology experience with 10+ of those years managing and leading individuals and teams. Prior employers include KPMG and S&P Global. Jon holds a BBA in Computer Information Systems (CIS) and Finance from James Madison University. He is married to his childhood friend and they are actively being trained to become better people and parents by their two daughters, who are wonderful (most of the time…).

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    Craig Griffin

    VP, Solutions Engineering

    Craig Griffin

    VP, Solutions Engineering
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    As the Vice President of Solutions Engineering at Silverchair, Craig works with clients, end users, architects and user experience designers to develop Platform solutions for our client’s success. This role includes market evaluation, feature analysis, business case development, technical review, and prioritization. Prior to Silverchair, Craig worked with government clients at SRA International.

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    Hannah Heckner Swain

    VP, Product

    Hannah Heckner Swain

    VP, Product
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    As Vice President of Product, Hannah Heckner works to inform, prioritize, and execute on the Silverchair Platform Development Plan, as well as oversee the development of new Silverchair products. This includes serving as a representative of Silverchair’s product function at client, sales, and industry meetings; evaluating requests for platform enhancement and new features; facilitating Publisher Working Groups that discuss industry trends, publisher needs, and developing Silverchair solutions; and managing vendor relationships and internal implementation for 3rd party integrations. She has worked within academic publishing for over 10 years and has experience with both commercial and non-profit publishing and is a proud Member-at-Large of the Society for Scholarly Publishing Board of Directors.

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    Stephanie Lovegrove Hansen

    VP, Marketing

    Stephanie Lovegrove Hansen

    VP, Marketing
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    Stephanie is responsible for Silverchair’s brand and product marketing strategy, collaborating with internal teams, clients, and partners to facilitate clear communications with Silverchair’s growing community. She has worked in the publishing industry for 18 years, including at the University of Virginia Press and Clarivate Analytics.

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    Derek Naughton

    VP, Architecture

    Derek Naughton

    VP, Architecture
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    Derek Naughton is a Solutions Architect who works with all of our clients to align our platform with their needs. Derek has worked with Silverchair since 2013 and has helped maintain our platform and work with the teams in growing its capabilities for our clients with a technical perspective and some creative solutioning. Derek came to Silverchair with 9 years of IT consulting experience and a Computer Science degree from Dublin Institute of Technology (D.I.T), Dublin, Ireland.

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    Veronica Showers

    VP, Customer Success

    Veronica Showers

    VP, Customer Success
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    Veronica is the VP of Customer Success with more than 15 years of experience in the scholarly publishing industry. She specializes in content hosting, peer review, and production technologies. She excels at listening to publishers to evaluate their workflow needs and collaboratively develops creative and forward-thinking solutions. Veronica combines her passion for technology, deep industry expertise, dedication to customer satisfaction, and analytical mindset to drive exceptional results. As an industry speaker and leader, Veronica has made significant contributions to organizations such as the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), the Council of Science Editors (CSE), and the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE). In her spare time, she enjoys adventures with her twins and indulges in anything SciFi.
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    Ossie Nadeem

    VP, Finance

    Ossie Nadeem

    VP, Finance
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    Nicole Brown

    VP, Delivery

    Nicole Brown

    VP, Delivery
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    Nicole Brown is the VP of Delivery at Silverchair, bringing with her over 8 years of invaluable experience in various roles within the organization. Her passion lies in identifying solutions for complex operational opportunities, while also excelling in mentoring and leading others. Known for her exceptional ability to build strong partnerships with clients, Nicole is a coalition-builder who prioritizes relationships built on trust and integrity both internally and externally. She firmly believes that the impact of work extends beyond the professional realm, and shapes how people show up and support their families, communities, and the world. Nicole is committed to empowering, challenging, and valuing every member of the team at Silverchair, ensuring they can show up as the best versions of themselves each day.

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    Lindsay Jacobik

    Director, Client Services

    Lindsay Jacobik

    Director, Client Services
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    Lindsay Jacobik has been with Silverchair since 2015. She has held a variety of roles from Business Analyst to Product Owner and now Director of Client Services. Her experience ranges from our build teams, to our Business as Usual (BAU) teams and to our maintenance team. She is determined to help clients conceptualize, develop, and deliver high quality projects that help advance their product vision. In doing so, she is focused on developing strong partnerships through clear and transparent communication. When not at Silverchair, she enjoys baking for her neighborhood, hiking and spending time with her newborn son.

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    Walker Swain

    Director, Business Development

    Walker Swain

    Director, Business Development
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    Brian McDonald

    Director, UX

    Brian McDonald

    Director, UX
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    Brian leads a team of User Experience (UX) Designers and Front End Developers who are responsible for the successful execution of user experience design, responsive web design, accessibility compliance, and front-end performance on client sites and platform tools. Before joining Silverchair, Brian worked as an Online Design Director at Penguin Random House.

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    Heather Wright

    Program Director

    Heather Wright

    Program Director
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    As Program Director, Heather Wright manages high-performing product delivery teams and works closely with Client Success to support our clients in achieving their product vision. She joined Silverchair as a Product Owner in 2019 and has over 15 years of experience in the publishing industry. Heather has truly enjoyed the move to academic publishing and working with clients such as Oxford University Press. She is passionate about people and improving processes and finds mentoring and developing teams rewarding. When she is not in the office, Heather enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and taking on challenging DIY projects from gardening to refurbishing furniture.

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    Micah Jones

    Director, Analytics & AI Transformation

    Micah Jones

    Director, Analytics & AI Transformation
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    Micah oversees the platform and analytics teams. He has been with Silverchair since 2019 and he has experience working with BAU and build teams. He is passionate about continuous improvement, process optimization, and concise communication.

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    Lisa Cunningham

    Program Director

    Lisa Cunningham

    Program Director
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    Chip Felker

    Director, Software Engineering

    Chip Felker

    Director, Software Engineering
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    Chip Felker is the Director of Software Engineering and is responsible for managing a team of tech leads. Chip started at Silverchair in 2010 as a software developer. It wasn’t long before he was managing a team of developers and was still writing code himself. The number of developers he managed continued to grow as the company grew. Now he manages the team of leaders that manage the developers. Chip keeps his finger on the pulse of all of that goes on in the development community at Silverchair and continually supports the group in the many ways necessary. Chip is the father of three grown children who are all married and starting their own families. Grandchildren are a real joy!

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    Robb Burgess

    VP, Technical & Security Operations

    Robb Burgess

    VP, Technical & Security Operations
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    Robb Burgess is the Director of Technical Operations & DevOps. As an Information Technology professional with 15 years of experience in multiple disciplines, he has worked in the governmental, legal, medical, and enterprise web hosting industries with a focus on security in each role. Robb swiftly rose through the ranks in the Silverchair Technical Operations department giving him a firm grasp on all aspects of the Silverchair technology footprint. Robb is also the Silverchair Security Team Lead, driving the enhancement of security processes and procedures across the Silverchair Platform.

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    Samantha Green

    Director, Product Marketing

    Samantha Green

    Director, Product Marketing
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    Samantha is responsible for product marketing at Silverchair. She collaborates closely with the product, business development, and customer success teams to ensure that Silverchair’s products have the greatest possible impact and offer powerful solutions to clients and partners. She has worked in the publishing industry for more than a decade and is passionate about ensuring scholarship has the reach it needs to help solve the world’s problems.

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    Peter Torres

    Manager, Talent Recruitment & Development

    Peter Torres

    Manager, Talent Recruitment & Development
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