ProQuest Acquires Dialog
BeDell to lead Information Technology Pioneer
ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 1, 2008 - ProQuest has closed on its agreement to acquire the Dialog® business from ThomsonReuters and named industry veteran Suzanne BeDell as Dialog General Manager. Ms. BeDell will report to ProQuest CEO Marty Kahn.
"I am thrilled about what this means both to ProQuest and Dialog and to the customers we serve. Both companies have complementary products and content that are essential to libraries and serious researchers," said Mr. Kahn. "I'm fully confident that under Suzanne's leadership, Dialog will be rededicated to these core markets, serving them with groundbreaking tools and technology."
Ms. BeDell is a 20-year veteran of the publishing industry, with roles in publishing, sales, and product development at Thomson, Mosby, Inc., and McGraw- Hill. She joined ProQuest in 2001 as Vice President and Publisher and played instrumental roles in the development of such critically-acclaimed products as Black Studies Center and ProQuest Central, the world's largest aggregated full-text database. As Senior Vice President, she has managed ProQuest's Higher Education Publishing area since 2006.
"I've been a big fan of Dialog for a long time. It has a great future. I'm personally very excited about the opportunity to work with its team of professionals," said Ms. BeDell. "Together, we'll renew Dialog's focus on the information intermediary, the importance of professional search and dedication to providing the broadest possible content sets against which to search."
Ms. BeDell will maintain offices in Ann Arbor and Cary, North Carolina.
More than a content provider or aggregator, ProQuest is an information partner, creating indispensable research solutions that connect people and information. Through innovative, user-centered discovery technology, ProQuest offers billions of pages of global content that includes historical newspapers, dissertations, and uniquely relevant resources for researchers of any age and sophistication—including content not likely to be digitized by others. Inspired by its customers and their end users, ProQuest is working toward a future that blends information accessibility with community to further enhance learning and encourage lifelong enrichment.