Dr. K. Wayne Smith, former president and CEO of OCLC died on October 15, 2020 at age 82. Smith led OCLC from 1989 through 1998. Under his leadership OCLC saw considerable international expansion, growing its presence from 27 to 64 countries. On the library systems front, during his tenure OCLC divested its Local Systems Division to Ameritech (1990) but later acquired Information Dimensions, Inc. from Battelle (1993), which it later sold (1997). He oversaw the transition of OCLC from delivering access via its private communications network to the Internet. The initial testing of access to the PRISM cataloging service by the Passport software client began in 1994. The FirstSearch reference service was introduced in 1991.
Leaders of OCLC since its founding:
- Skip Pritchard (2013–present)
- Jay Jordan (1998–2013)
- K Wayne Smith (1989–1998)
- Rowland C.W. Brown (1980–1989)
- Frederick G. Kilgour (1967–1980)