Before joining Akoya Capital Partners, John spent more than 40 years in the in electronic information services and IT industries. He has designed, launched, and managed some of the most innovative and well known information services in the professional communities including the Engineering Village, Science Direct, Scirus, Scopus, and many other electronic information services dating back to the early days of the online and CDROM industries.
John served for several years as CEO of Elsevier Inc. and managing director of the NYSE-listed Reed Elsevier, the world’s largest publisher and information services company for journal and related scientific, technical and medical content. At Reed Elsevier, he oversaw its expansive electronic publishing portfolio, with a program staff of 3,000 and revenues exceeding $1 billion. He was previously CEO of Engineering Information, which he helped turnaround before being acquired by Reed Elsevier.
John has served and presently serves on a variety corporate and industry Board of Directors, including the British Standards Institute (BSI) Group (a UK Royal Charter Company), the American Institute of Physics Publishing (AIP, a non-profit professional society), serves as Chairman of the Board, National Technical Information Service (NTIS), a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce and was recently appointed as Chairman to the board of Research Solutions, Inc. (OTCQB: RSSS).
John has authored two books for information executives: Infonomics and the Business of Free and Scholarly Communications: From Content as King to Content as Kingmaker.
John currently serves as Chairman of the board of directors on our portfolio companies Inflexxion and DiSTI.