Ex Libris Group announced major changes in the executive leadership of its North American division. Carl Grant, named President of Ex Libris North America in July 2008, shifts to a new role, that of Chief Librarian for the global company. Grantís new position includes strategic leadership and guidance for the company as a whole, with influence beyond the North American division. As the companyís Chief Librarian, Grant will promote the values of the profession both internally, to its customers, and throughout the broader industry. This role leverages Grantís deep experience as an industry veteran, having held executive positions in many automation companies, and his passionate advocacy of the value of libraries and librarians.
Mark Triest joins the company, stepping into the position of President of Ex Libris North America. His 20 years of IT experience includes roles as Senior Vice President at Sunguard, and most recently as President of Inigral (http://inigral.com/), a company offering a service that builds Facebook communities for institutions of higher education. Triest takes responsibility for the operations of Ex Libris North America as Grant assumes a more strategic focus.
Over at Innovative Interfaces, Hilary Newman has been promoted to to Vice President of Library Services. This division of Innovative Interfaces includes technology support, Encore Services, implementation services, technology support, union database services, with personnel in North America, Europe, and Asia. Newmanís new assignment falls within the tendency in this company to promote from within and follows a series of upward shifts beginning with the August 2010 appointment of Neil Block as the companyís new President.
OCLC announced major executive changes in its Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) division. Rein van Charldorp, will retire as Managing Director of this division effective the end of 2010. Van Chaldorp joined OCLC PICA in 2002 with prior experience at Reed Elsevier. Eric van Lubeek, currently Director of Sales and Operations for this division will assume the role of Managing Director. Van Lubeek served as the General Manager of Infor Library Systems, previously called Geac, before joining OCLC PICA in January 2007.