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The company’s focus on customer success and product innovation will continue under the leadership of Scharfstein, a long-time Ex Libris executive

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL, November 17, 2020 – Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, today announced that Oded Scharfstein will succeed Bar Veinstein as president of Ex Libris. Mr. Veinstein will continue leading Ex Libris until January 2021, and going forward, will serve on the company’s advisory board.

Mr. Scharfstein has more than 15 years of senior management experience and an in-depth understanding of the higher-education market. Mr. Scharfstein was part of the Ex Libris family for 14 years, starting as a product manager, leading the Asia Pacific team, and ultimately serving as Chief Financial Officer until 2016.

“Over the past 11 years, I have had the honor of serving in various leadership positions at Ex Libris, working alongside an incredible group of people and an amazing community of customers,” said Mr. Veinstein. “Today, I believe that we have the right strategy and the right team in place to continue delivering on our mission to help higher-ed institutions drive libraries’ impact, improve research outcomes, and achieve student success. It is my absolute pleasure to be handing the helm to Oded.”

Mr. Scharfstein commented, “I’m excited to have the opportunity to lead Ex Libris and its talented team. The higher-ed market is undergoing rapid changes. Libraries face tremendous opportunities to further increase their value in academia, while university faculty and research offices seek to grow their impact. The unique blend of domain expertise, culture, and customer focus at Ex Libris will help us accelerate our support for institutions of higher education. I’m passionate about continuing our partnership with customers, placing their success at the center of everything we do.”

Matti Shem Tov, ProQuest CEO, said, “I’d like to thank Bar for his extraordinary contribution to the growth and success of Ex Libris. Oded is the right person to succeed Bar in leading Ex Libris in its next chapter, building on its strong foundation. Together, we will continue to improve the value for our customers and deliver the very best customer experience in the market by developing greater collaboration between ProQuest and Ex Libris.”

About Ex Libris

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions that enable institutions and their individual users to create, manage, and share knowledge. In close collaboration with its customers and the broader community, Ex Libris develops creative solutions that increase library productivity, maximize the impact of research activities, enhance teaching and learning, and drive student mobile engagement. Ex Libris serves over 7,500 customers in 90 countries. For more information about Ex Libris, see our website, and join us on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

About ProQuest (https://about.proquest.com)

ProQuest is committed to supporting the important work happening in the world’s research and learning communities. The company curates content that matters to the advancement of knowledge, assembling an archive of billions of vetted, indexed documents. It simplifies workflows so that people and institutions use time effectively. And because ProQuest connects information communities, complex networks of systems and processes work together efficiently. With ProQuest, finding answers and deriving insights is straightforward and leads to extraordinary outcomes.

ProQuest and its companies and affiliates – Ex Libris, Alexander Street, Bowker – stand for better research, better learning, better insights. ProQuest enables people to change their world.

17 November 2020


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