Veteran media executive L. Gordon Crovitz has joined the Board of Directors of ProQuest, a world leader in information publishing and a Cambridge Information Group (CIG) business. Mr. Crovitz has more than 25 years of U.S. and global business operations experience at Dow Jones, including his role as publisher of The Wall Street Journal.
"Gordon's perspective on media and its evolving nature is closely aligned with ProQuest's expanding business," said Andrew Snyder, Chairman of ProQuest. "In addition to his vast information industry experience, Gordon has a particularly strategic view of the newspaper business… one that we'll call upon as we plot ProQuest's growing role in defining and accessing digital newspaper content."
As President of Dow Jones' Consumer Media Group, Mr. Crovitz integrated the global print, online, digital, TV and other editions of The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch.com and Barron's across news, advertising, marketing and other functions. Under his leadership as publisher, The Wall Street Journal was redesigned, creating a model that continues to influence news publishing of all types. Repositioning the print edition to focus on analysis and the web edition to address breaking news, Mr. Crovitz oversaw the growth of the online edition to become the world's largest paid subscription news web site. He also led the creation of the online news service Factiva.
Mr. Crovitz is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Chicago. He also holds law degrees from Yale Law School and Wadham College of Oxford University, where he attended as a Rhodes Scholar.
"In today's fast-changing information industry, ProQuest's partnerships, content and sophisticated users give it great potential to deliver on its commitment to explore new ways to serve its markets," said Mr. Crovitz. "This is a great place to bring my experience to bear. I'm looking forward to contributing to this growing, dynamic company."
ProQuest creates specialized information resources and technologies that propel successful research, discovery, and lifelong learning. A global leader in serving libraries of all types, ProQuest offers the expertise of such respected brands as Chadwyck-Healey™, UMI®, SIRS®, and eLibrary®. With Serials Solutions®, Ulrich's™, RefWorks®, COS™, Dialog® and now Bowker® part of the ProQuest brand family, the company supports the breadth of the information community with innovative discovery solutions that power the business of books and the best in research experience.
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.