ProQuest Names Callanan COO
Bowker chief will manage day-to-day operations for ProQuest publishing, marketing, customer care, and content operations
ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 1, 2009 - Annie Callanan, currently Bowker President and CEO, has been named ProQuest Chief Operating Officer. In her new role, Ms. Callanan will report to ProQuest CEO Marty Kahn and will manage the day-to-day operations for ProQuest’s publishing, marketing, customer care, and content operations. She will also continue to have overall responsibility for Bowker. ProQuest creates specialized information resources and technologies for library, education and business markets. Bowker is a global leader in bibliographic information management.
“Annie is an energetic and effective leader with an extraordinary track-record of success, and I’m delighted to have her join our team,” said Mr. Kahn. “ProQuest and Bowker share similar goals and challenges in redefining information discovery. This important step benefits both companies by combining talent within these two growing, innovative organizations.”
While the management structures will align at ProQuest and Bowker, the companies’ customer-facing operations and product initiatives will continue uninterrupted.
“I’m honored to be working with ProQuest and happy to be continuing with Bowker,” said Ms. Callanan, “These are companies with deep industry roots and venerable pasts that are boldly building new futures. To have the opportunity to work with both is genuinely exciting.”
Ms. Callanan is a seasoned information industry leader who, since coming to Bowker as President and CEO in 2006, has successfully advanced the development, marketing, and distribution of information technology solutions to libraries, publishers, and educators. During her three years with Bowker she has dramatically expanded the company’s services, acquired Medialab — developer of Aquabrowser — and more recently, integrated LibraryThing into the Bowker product mix.
Before joining Bowker, Ms. Callanan was executive vice president of Advanstar Communications’ Life Sciences Group, a healthcare publisher known for leading clinical and industry journals, professional conferences, continuing education and Web services. Earlier, she was senior vice president of CMP Media, where she was responsible for the operations of such well-known media brands as Information Week and Network Computing magazines and the PC EXPO trade show. She also previously oversaw the publishing, trade show and electronic publishing divisions for Miller Freeman, where she marketed information technology to businesses in the education and financial services sectors.
Ms. Callanan holds BA and BFA degrees in English and art history from Fairleigh Dickinson University and an MBA in finance from New York University.
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.