Platform Strategies 2018

September 26 & 27

Washington, DC


Speakers & Panelists

Anurag Acharya  •  Google

Anurag Acharya is a distinguished engineer at Google. He is a co-creator of Google Scholar. Previously, he led the web indexing group at Google. He has a bachelor’s in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and a Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon. Prior to joining Google, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Maryland, College Park and an assistant professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Allison Belan  •  Duke University Press

Allison C. Belan is the Associate Director for Digital Strategy and Publishing Systems at Duke University Press. Allison works to align all aspects of the Press’s digital publishing strategy and operations to build a digital presence that connects scholars and thinkers to our publications and that speeds our scholarship to the world.

Paul Cleverley  •  Robert Gordon University & GeoScienceWorld

Paul Cleverley is an Associate Lecturer at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. He is a Geoscientist by background turned Information Scientist, holding a BSc in Geology, MSc in Computer Science and a PhD in Enterprise Search & Discovery. Paul has worked in the International Oil & Gas Exploration industry for over 25 years around digital transformation. Paul is the researcher-at-large on the Board of GeoscienceWorld a non-profit cooperative of academic publishers, regularly publishes peer reviewed academic research papers on information science and technology, as well as being a reviewer for several journals.

Brian Crawford  •  American Chemical Society

Brian Crawford, Ph.D. is the President of the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society, the world’s leading non-profit publisher in the field of chemistry and its allied sciences. Dr. Crawford holds general management responsibility for both the Society’s portfolio of more than 50 peer-reviewed journals, and the magazine publishing operations of the Society’s industry-leading news periodical, Chemical & Engineering News. He oversees all editorial, digital strategy, new product development and production staff based in ACS offices located in Washington, D.C. and Columbus, Ohio, as well as marketing and sales operations located throughout the US and abroad. Experienced in subscription journal, book, and new media publishing, Brian has more than 30 years of experience in the STM information industry, with both not-for-profit professional society and commercial publishers.

Tobias Dengel  •  WillowTree Apps

Tobias is seasoned technology executive with 20+ years experience in mobility, digital media and interactive marketing. He is the CEO of WillowTree, Inc., a leading mobile strategy, design and app development company servicing Fortune 500/5000 clients and large government agencies.

Thomas J. Easley  •  American Medical Association/JAMA and the JAMA Network

Tom Easley is a senior publishing executive specializing in digital transformation, with experience in editorial, production, product development, sales and marketing, and general management. At the AMA, Tom heads up the publishing program and the flagship brand, JAMA, and is a member the AMA senior management team. Before joining the AMA, he previously served as the Publisher and Managing Director at The New England Journal of Medicine. He has experience in both professional and consumer publishing, in both global publishing houses and start-up companies, including Time Inc., Times-Mirror, Elsevier Science, and Madison Publishing. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Max Gabriel  •  Taylor & Francis

Max Gabriel joined Taylor & Francis Group as Chief Digital Officer in 2015. In this role, he is responsible for technology strategy, delivery and operations for the group. Prior to joining Taylor & Francis, Max was CTO of Pearson India and Africa where he was responsible for digital transformation of these markets and successfully launched Pearson’s first tablet-based learning product in India. Before joining Pearson, in his 20 years of progressive career, Max held senior technology leadership roles at Global Industry leaders such as Diageo, Pfizer, and JP Morgan Chase. During his multi industry career, he worked in multiple regions and has great appreciation for multi-cultural diversity. Max actively mentors and advises several tech start-ups in the media and education domain.

Jane Greenberg  •  Metadata Research Center, Drexel University

Scott Henry  •  ASM International

Scott Henry (Senior Content Engineer) leads the development and implementation of content models, metadata specifications, data schema, taxonomies, and other content management elements needed to support robust content acquisitions and delivery systems and superior user experiences for online information resources related to metallurgy and materials engineering. The position bridges the gap between content editorial work and information technology. Scott has almost 30 years of experience in editorial content development, database development, and business planning.

Travis Hicks  •  American Society of Clinical Oncology

Travis Hicks joined the American Society of Clinical Oncology in 2015 as the associate director of digital content strategy, with a focus on standardizing the content on ASCO’s diverse network of web platforms and instituting cross-departmental best practices. Prior to joining ASCO, Travis served as the director of publishing and director of new product development for Thompson Information Services, formerly Thompson Publishing Group. Travis began his career as a journalist covering Congressional education policy and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Jim King  •  American Chemical Society

Jim King, Director of Publishing Technology for the American Chemical Society, has over 30 years of technical, operational, and managerial experience in publishing, 14 years in STM publishing. During his time at the American Chemical Society, Jim has overseen the overhaul of the ACS Publications Division’s technology including Author Collaboration Environment, Peer Review Platform, End-to-End XML Production Platform, and Journal Delivery Platform. He is currently overseeing the introduction of technology in support of ACS’ Open Access Initiatives and Artificial Intelligence initiatives. Prior to joining the American Chemical Society, Jim held technical and managerial positions in various publishing companies including Director of Newsroom/Publishing Technology for the Washington Post.

John Magee  •  Gale Cengage Learning

John Magee is the Director of Indexing and Controlled Vocabulary Services for industry-leading learning and reference company Cengage. His experience there over more than 20 years includes indexing, online product development, and a wide range of vocabulary development, management, and implementation activities. He lives in Wolverine Lake, Michigan, where he claims to be working out the proper design for a solar-powered pontoon boat, though his wife insists he’s just sitting in the lake in a floaty chair on sunny days.

Jayne Marks  •  Wolters Kluwer Health

Jayne Marks is Vice President of Global Publishing and Product at Wolters Kluwer Health Research, Learning & Practice, based in Philadelphia. She has responsibility for managing the Lippincott William & Wilkins portfolio of 300 medical, nursing and allied health journals and book programs in education and professional development. Jayne also leads product development for the growing Wolters Kluwer portfolio of innovative digital information products for both healthcare professionals and students, including the new acquisition, Firecracker, which is an engaging study planning and test prep tool. Prior to joining Wolters Kluwer, she was Vice President and Editorial Director at SAGE Publications, managing over 350 journals, a reference publishing program, and had responsibility for new online products. Jayne has held publishing director positions at Nature Publishing Group and Stockton Press, managing broad journal portfolios.

Ann Michael  •  DeltaThink

Ann Michael is CEO of Delta Think, a consulting and advisory firm focused on innovation and growth in membership organizations and scholarly publishers. Ann has worked with clients to gain insight into their customers’ needs, define their strategy, build their product and services portfolio, implement new tools and technologies, and develop new skills and expertise. She is an ardent believer in data informed decision-making and was instrumental in the 2017 launch of the Delta Think Open Access Data & Analytics Tool. Ann is a Past President of SSP, an NFAIS Board member, a Board Director at Joule (a CMA company), and a contributor to the SSP’s blog, The Scholarly Kitchen.

Pierre Montagano  •  Code Ocean

Pierre leads sales and business development for Code Ocean, a cloud-based computational reproducibility platform that provides researchers and developers easier ways to share, discover and run code published in academic journals and conferences. Prior to Code Ocean, Pierre was the director of sales at Squid Solutions, a usage analytics company that enables publishers to become more data-driven by providing an open-source solution for building analytics apps. He has held both product marketing and sales leadership positions with some of the world’s leading scientific and education publishing companies including Pearson, McGraw-Hill and Cambridge University Press.

Ruth Pickering  •  Yewno

Ruth has worked for both blue-chip corporations and startups and has extensive experience across product development, program management and strategy. With experience as a managing director of large organizations, Pickering has managed both strategic planning and execution of multiple $ billion product lines. Ruth’s experience spans from media technology and telecommunications to AI, where prior toYewno, she served as managing director of BT Wholesale; was one of the Global Telecoms Business top 40 under 40 in 2010, and was shortlisted for ‘Woman of the Year in Technology in 2011.

Jan Reichelt  •  Kopernio / Web of Science

Jan has spent his professional career in tech startups, online businesses, professional information services, and digital media. Together with his co-founders, he was awarded “European Founders of the Year 2013” by TechCrunch / The Europas. His focus is on emerging digital companies, online business strategy, as well as digital publishing, education, and information services sitting between B2C and B2B. After working as an advisor to the supervisory board of SAP, he started Mendeley (together with two co-founders), which was acquired by Reed Elsevier in April 2013. He then started Kopernio, a platform to help millions of researchers to access academic journal articles with one click. Kopernio was acquired by Clarivate Analytics in 2018. He is also a non-executive director for Emerge Education, a London-based education tech accelerator.

Jasper Simons  • American Psychological Association

Simons is the Chief Publishing Officer of the American Psychological Association (APA), the leading scholarly association in the social and behavioral sciences. APA’s premier publishing program serves the dissemination of psychological knowledge worldwide, and spans books, journals and digital platforms such as PsycINFO. Simons has 20 years of experience in STM publishing, working at leading publishing organizations such as Elsevier, SAGE Publications and Thomson Reuters prior to joining the APA. He served on the Crossref board from 2015 through 2017 and is running for reelection in 2019.

Alix Vance  •  GeoScienceWorld

Alix Vance is CEO of GeoScienceWorld (GSW), where she has led the strategic expansion of GSW’s products and services since 2011. Founded upon a database of prestigious geoscience journals with GeoRef data, GSW’s family of products and services has grown markedly to include a thriving eBooks program, map-based and specialized search capabilities, and a Society Services Program for scientific and scholarly publishers. Alix has worked in nonprofit and commercial publishing sectors as COO at The Center for Education Reform, Executive Director of academic and professional reference publishing at CQ Press through its sale to SAGE, and Vice President at eBook Library-EBL prior to acquisition by ProQuest. Alix is an active speaker and volunteer in the scholarly and academic publishing community and serves on the Board of Directors of CHORUS.

Tanya Vidrevich  •  XSB / SWISS

Tatyana Vidrevich, as Chief Operating Officer at XSB, is responsible for the technical direction of the company and for developing strategies for XSB’s Master Data File and SWISS products. SWISS is used to apply model-based engineering approach to complex document-based requirements. Tatyana has served as Principal Investigator on multiple Research & Development grants funded by the National Science Foundation and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has authored two patents and is a past recipient of Federal Computer Week’s prestigious Rising Star Award.

Jabin White  •  ITHAKA

Jabin White is Vice President of Content Management for ITHAKA, an organization committed to helping the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways. With a heavy background in XML theory and practice, Jabin has spent most of his career evangelizing the benefits of markup languages and related technologies, including content management, workflow enhancements, and authoring tools. Prior to joining ITHAKA, White served as Director of Strategic Content at Wolters Kluwer Health’s Professional & Education (P&E) Division, Vice President, STM Sales for Scope eKnowledge Center, VP of Product Development at Silverchair, and Executive Director of Electronic Production at Elsevier. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a BA in history and has a Masters in Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University.

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