Today, ProQuest announced that Kurt Sanford, CEO since 2011, will be succeeded by Matti Shem Tov in a changeover that will occur over the next several months. Kurt will remain at ProQuest through the end of 2017, ensuring a smooth transition. They discuss the commitment that embodies the ProQuest legacy and look at the past six years as well as the future in this joint post.
We believe in the important work of those we serve.
That statement is at the core of ProQuest’s reason for being. It’s been a guidepost for us since 1938 when Eugene Power microfilmed the Short Title Catalog at the British Library, enabling libraries to share rare collections and expand their holdings without adding space, and extending usage to include scholars who could not travel to far-flung libraries to conduct their research.
This past is a monumental legacy, and our future path is clear because of the way we prioritize: we address the most pressing needs of libraries, researchers, faculty, students and content providers of all types.
In the past six years that has meant bringing together complementary assets and talents that can both simplify and enhance the workflows of our customers and users. We have converged platforms to make searching ProQuest’s rich, curated content faster, simpler and more robust. We’ve developed new systems and procedures and restructured internally to become easier to work with. And we’ve brought together companies that produce more value for libraries and researchers when they’re connected.
That work has set a clear trajectory for ProQuest, enabling us to help libraries and users get to their next level of success. We are mindful too that our customers would like to see us continue to improve and we remain committed to investing in these areas. In addition, we are sharpening our focus on developing greater agility and responsiveness to emerging needs. Our future calls for us to work at the forefront of user demands, enabling libraries and universities to pivot and adapt to their dynamic environments.
Ex Libris is opening a new chapter as well: our colleague Bar Veinstein, Corporate Vice President, Resource Management Solutions, will become Ex Libris' next President, ensuring stability and continuing growth for a company that is valued by librarians and universities around the world.
Just as we’re proud of our heritage, we’re excited to build on that past with ever better service and innovation for our customers and users.
Our leadership is changing, but our most precious values and belief in the important work of those we serve remain the same. We look forward to contributing to your continuing success.