DUBLIN, Ohio, August 28, 2007-OCLC, the world's largest library cooperative, based in Dublin, Ohio, has announced executive staff promotions.
Rick Schwieterman has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Mr. Schwieterman will continue to oversee all enterprise activities related to Finance, Accounting, OCLC's Board of Trustees administration, Human Resources, Administrative Services, and organizational controls, policies and procedures. He will also oversee corporate governance, corporate real estate holdings and OCLC's investment portfolio.
Mr. Schwieterman joined OCLC in 1992 as Vice President, Finance and Treasurer. He was named Chief Financial Officer in 1994 and has been responsible for a variety of important financial, organizational and governance initiatives during his time at OCLC.
Chip Nilges has been promoted to Vice President, Business Development. In this position, Mr. Nilges will assume responsibility for OCLC's content strategy, which will include OCLC's NetLibrary collections of eBooks and eAudiobooks, as well as the OCLC FirstSearch online reference service and the OCLC Electronic Collections Online service. This position will help to ensure that OCLC manages its content offerings as a whole to deliver integrated solutions to libraries and other organizations.
Mr. Nilges adds the NetLibrary management responsibilities to his current role overseeing business development. He joined OCLC in 1994 and has held several key roles including leadership of FirstSearch, new products and WorldCat content. Mr. Nilges was named Vice President, New Product Planning in July 2005.
Bruce Crocco has been promoted to Vice President, Library Services for the Americas. In this position, he will oversee sales and library services in the United States and Canada.
Mr. Crocco joined OCLC in 2002 and most recently served as Executive Director for Market Programs and Development. As a participant in OCLC's succession management program, Mr. Crocco accepted the assignment to lead the migration and integration of RLG products and services with OCLC's when the two organizations were combined. In this role, Mr. Crocco has managed the staff in Mountain View, California, in addition to continuing his current management responsibilities in Library Services. Mr. Crocco has a background managing multi-functional workgroups across a variety of geographies.
In his new role, Mr. Crocco will work with Library Services staff to execute the FY08 sales plan while continuing to manage customer support and market analysis and sales programs. He will also work closely with the product management teams to provide input and intelligence regarding product strategy.
"OCLC is operating during a time of unprecedented change," said Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO, in announcing the staff promotions. "Our ability to adjust as an organization includes the need to frequently realign people and resources to meet the needs of our member institutions. I am confident in the abilities of these individuals and the entire OCLC team as we continue to meet these challenges."
Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC is a nonprofit library service and research organization that has provided computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing, eContent and preservation services to 60,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories. OCLC and its member libraries worldwide have created and maintain WorldCat, the world's richest online resource for findinglibrary materials. For more information, visit www.oclc.org.