Stamford, CT, October 17-- Cengage Learning, one of the world's largest providers of print and digital information services for the educational and library reference markets, has appointed Patrick C. Sommers president of Gale. Best known for its authoritative reference publishing programs, Gale produces a wide range of print and online information services for college, school and public libraries worldwide.
Mr. Sommers, who will be based in Farmington Hills, Michigan, will work as part of the Cengage Learning management team and will report directly to Ronald G. Dunn, president and CEO of Cengage Learning.
"Pat Sommers is extremely well qualified to lead Gale. He has an outstanding record of success in managing information service businesses, and I am confident that he will provide strong leadership to help Gale grow and further solidify its position as the world's premier library reference information business," said Mr. Dunn. "I am delighted to welcome Pat to Cengage Learning and look forward to working with him to provide outstanding products and services for Gale's customers."
Prior to joining Cengage Learning, Mr. Sommers served as president and CEO of SirsiDynix Corporation, a library automation and content company. Under his leadership, SirsiDynix grew organically and through acquisitions until it was sold in early 2007 to a private equity firm. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Sommers was Chief Operating Officer of Dialog Corporation, a major provider of online databases and information solutions to libraries and corporations.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Sommers held numerous senior management roles including president, D&B Information Resources, Inc.; president, GTE Industry Services; president, Ceridian Employer Services; and Chairman and CEO, Medicus Systems Corporation.
Mr. Sommers will begin as president of Gale, effective October 22, 2007.
About Cengage Learning and Gale
Cengage Learning, formerly Thomson Learning, delivers highly customized learning solutions for colleges, universities, professors, students, reference centers, government agencies, corporations and professionals around the world. Gale, part of Cengage Learning, serves the world's information and education needs through its vast and dynamic content pools, which are used by students and consumers in their libraries, schools and on the Internet. It is best known for the accuracy, breadth and convenience of its data, addressing all types of information needs -- from homework help to health questions to business profiles -- in a variety of formats -- books and eBooks, databases and microfilm. For more information visit: http://www.cengage.com/ or http://www.gale.com/.