ProQuest Names Kurt Sanford CEO
Highly Experienced Information Services Executive Joins From LexisNexis to Lead ProQuest to Next Stage of Growth and Development
Marty Kahn to Become Vice Chairman of ProQuest
ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 5, 2011 - ProQuest LLC, an information firm central to global research, today announced that Kurt Sanford will join the Company as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of its Board of Directors on July 13, 2011. Mr. Sanford, a highly experienced information services executive, previously spent the past 14 years at LexisNexis, serving most recently as President, Global Operations for its global legal business.
Mr. Sanford will succeed Marty Kahn, who has led ProQuest since it was acquired by Cambridge Information Group (CIG) in 2007. Mr Kahn will become Vice Chairman of ProQuest's Board of Directors, and also consult with ProQuest and its parent company CIG. He will be based in CIG’s New York office.
Andrew M. Snyder, Chairman of ProQuest and President of CIG, said, "We are delighted to welcome Kurt Sanford to ProQuest. Our ability to attract an information industry executive with Kurt's track record and knowledge reflects ProQuest's potential for continued strong growth. We look forward to his leadership in driving and executing on the strategies that will allow ProQuest to further enhance its position in the industry.
Mr. Snyder continued, "We are very grateful to Marty Kahn for the great work he has done over the past four years to build ProQuest's business as well as the role he will continue to play working with the Company and with CIG."
Mr. Kahn said, "Our Company has made great strides in expanding our offerings and service for librarians and information professionals, with a strong focus on understanding the needs of researchers as they advance through their education and professional life. ProQuest will be in great hands with Kurt, who brings outstanding expertise in the global information industry, including a deep background in leveraging technology that will serve ProQuest well. Kurt has the ideal background to take ProQuest to the next level."
Mr. Sanford said, "I am very impressed with ProQuest's business and the strategic steps it has taken in recent years to expand and enhance digital access to the world’s scholarship. The Company has exceptional assets and a solid foundation in place to enable it to add even greater value for its customers and end-users. I look forward to working with CIG and the whole ProQuest team. Together, we will continue to relentlessly focus on our customers and deliver to them innovative solutions and services."
About Kurt Sanford
Mr. Sanford earned an MBA, with distinction, from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and received his JD, with honors, from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA. He also graduated with a BA in Economics from the University of Notre Dame.
About Marty Kahn
About ProQuest (www.proquest.com)
ProQuest's massive information pool is accessible through the all-new ProQuest® platform, which moves beyond navigation to empower researchers to use, create, and share content—accelerating research productivity.
This energetic, fast-growing organization includes the Summon™ web-scale discovery service, the new ProQuest Dialog™ service, and business units ebrary®, Serials Solutions®, RefWorks-COS™, and Bowker®.