DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 8 September 2010. Rein van Charldorp has announced his decision to retire as Managing Director of OCLC Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) effective December 31, 2010. Eric van Lubeek, currently Director of Sales and Operations for OCLC EMEA, will work with Dr. van Charldorp in transition and prepare to assume responsibilities as OCLC EMEA Managing Director effective January 1, 2011.
Dr. van Charldorp joined OCLC in April 2002 after a long and successful career with Elsevier in the Netherlands and the United States. He brought substantial senior management experience, market knowledge and a publishing background to OCLC as the organization began to grow services to libraries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
"The OCLC membership has benefitted tremendously from Rein's many contributions," said Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO. "Rein led operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa as the cooperative grew internationally and has developed a team of very skilled leaders to guide OCLC EMEA's future."
Dr. van Charldorp will provide consulting services to OCLC on a part-time basis. Rein and his wife, Sylvia, will fulfill a promise to take time to travel and continue their work with humanitarian organizations around the world.
Eric van Lubeek came to OCLC in 2007 from Infor Library and Information Solutions (formerly known as Geac) where he was Managing Director of the library management systems business unit. He has more than 20 years experience in the library and information field working in consulting, sales and management positions.
"Eric is very well regarded by his colleagues and library professionals for his strong market and member focus and his solid operations and management skills. We look forward to working with Eric in his new role," said Mr. Jordan.
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