DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Dec. 26, 2002: Endeavor Information Systems announced today Jane Burke has decided to relinquish her role as President and CEO of Endeavor and not to renew her contract with Endeavor and Elsevier. Roland Dietz will succeed Burke in the role of Endeavor President and CEO as of Jan. 2, 2003. Dietz is the current Managing Director of Global Sales and Marketing for the Science and Technology Division of Elsevier.
"This was a very difficult decision," Burke stated. "The marketplace that we used to know as library automation is changing so quickly that I really feel that Endeavor needs a fresh view of how to utilize all of the combined Endeavor and Elsevier strengths to our customers' best advantage."
"I have loved working with every single one of the Endeavor customers," she continued. "They are the reason for Endeavor's success. So many librarians have helped me and have shared their vision for libraries with me. Knowing all of them has been a real joy."
Dietz understands academic and research libraries very well, working with Elsevier library customers for over ten years. Dietz has a Masters degree in Software Engineering --Artificial Intelligence from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, and worked in various high tech environments before joining Elsevier.
"As the move to digital libraries is really gaining momentum at this time, I am very excited to be able to join Endeavor and help to provide a richer toolkit for these library initiatives," Dietz said.
Burke joined Endeavor in March 1995. Under her leadership, Endeavor released the flagship Voyager integrated library management system and the instrumental digital library system, ENCompass.
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, was founded in September of 1994. Endeavor offers a complete line of library solutions for traditional and digital collections. Visit Endeavor at http://www.endinfosys.com for more information about Voyager, ENCompass, or LinkFinderPlus.