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Industry innovator will lead Academic market development

Information industry veteran Rafael Sidi has joined ProQuest as General Manager, ProQuest Information Solutions. In his new role, he will lead strategic development of the company’s content-rich solutions for academic markets globally.

"Rafael has deep industry expertise, a rich history of collaboration with users and a strong vision for how information solutions can advance the mission of libraries and improve users' research experiences and outcomes," said Kurt Sanford, ProQuest CEO. “ProQuest is delighted to have such a capable industry leader join our team and lead the enhancement and expansion of our information solutions and services to our customers."

Mr. Sidi comes to ProQuest after a dozen years at Elsevier, where he held several senior positions, including head of product management and development for many of the company’s largest, most successful and innovative products, including ScienceDirect, SciVerse, Engineering Village, illumin8 and Elsevier’s first e-book platform, Referex. He also led efforts that created the first STM online application marketplace and developer network. His product management roles served customers globally in academic, corporate and government markets. Prior to Elsevier, Mr. Sidi was Director of e-commerce operations for Bolt Media Inc., a teen-age social network platform.

Mr. Sidi holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Istanbul’s Bosphorus University and an MA from Brandeis University.

About ProQuest (www.proquest.com)
ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company has forged a 70-year reputation as a gateway to the world's knowledge — from dissertations to governmental and cultural archives to news, in all its forms. Its role is essential to libraries and other organizations whose missions depend on the delivery of complete, trustworthy information.

ProQuest's massive information pool is made accessible in research environments that accelerate productivity, empowering users to discover, create, and share knowledge.

An energetic, fast-growing organization, ProQuest includes the ProQuest®, Bowker®, Dialog®, ebrary®, and Serials Solutions® businesses and notable research tools such as the RefWorks®, and Pivot services, as well as its' Summon® web-scale discovery service. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.

28 June 2013


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