UBLIN, Ohio, April 20, 1998—The Board of Trustees of OCLC Online Computer Library Center has named Robert L. "Jay" Jordan as president and chief executive officer.
Mr. Jordan, 55, a business executive, will become the fourth president in OCLC's 31-year history in May 1998, succeeding K. Wayne Smith, who is stepping down after nearly 10 years. Mr. Jordan is currently president, new business development, Information Handling Services Group, Englewood, Colorado.
In announcing Mr. Jordan's appointment, Sharon J. Rogers, chair of the OCLC Board of Trustees, stated: "In Jay Jordan, the OCLC Board of Trustees has identified a worthy successor to K. Wayne Smith, whose stewardship of OCLC over nearly a decade has been exemplary. Mr. Jordan brings to OCLC an international perspective and a record of imaginative leadership. We believe he will take OCLC to a new level as it pursues its public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing information costs."
"I am honored to have been selected by the OCLC Board of Trustees to assume the role of president and CEO," said Mr. Jordan. "OCLC has consistently delivered value to its worldwide members, and I look forward to continuing OCLC's tradition of leadership in providing new services to libraries and their users."
Mr. Jordan graduated with a B.A. in English literature from Colgate University in 1966. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1969. From 1969 to 1974, he was in sales with Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing in Germany and in Washington, D.C.
In 1974, he joined his present company, Information Handling Services Group. IHS Group
Mr. Jordan has held several key positions during his 23-year career with IHS Group. From 1996 to 1998, he was president, new business development and president, software, standards and print products, where he managed multiple operating companies in diverse markets. From 1989 to 1996, he was president, IHS Engineering, where he was responsible for the rapid migration of the IHS customer base from microfilm services to virtually all electronic products as well as the development of many new electronic products. He joined IHS in 1974 and was vice president, U.S. sales from 1979 to 1980; vice president, sales, 1980 to 1981; senior vice president, sales and marketing worldwide, 1981 to 1984; and executive vice president, sales and marketing worldwide, 1984 to 1989.
Mr. Jordan was based in Europe from 1976 to 1978 during IHS's initial expansion into international markets. At IHS he has also had an ongoing leadership role with standards development organizations worldwide.
Mr. Jordan has served as a director of the Association for Information and Image Management and is currently a director of the Information Technology Industry Council, the Information Industry Association and the Colorado Center for the Book. He has also been active with the Standards Engineering Society, the Standards Publishing Advisory Board and the 1991 White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services.
Mr. Jordan and his wife, Mary, will reside in Delaware, Ohio. Mr. Jordan has two adult children.
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