Before joining Akoya Capital in 2012, John spent more than 40 years in the 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 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 board director of the NYSE-listed Reed Elsevier, the world’s largest scientific 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 as chairman, and continues to serve, on a variety corporate and industry boards, including the American Institute of Physics Publishing (AIP, a non-profit professional society), the National Technical Information Service (NTIS, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce), the British Standards Institute (BSI) Group (a UK Royal Charter Company), and Research Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: RSSS).
John has authored two books for information executives: Infonomics and the Business of Free: Modern Value Creation for Information Services and Scholarly Communications: A History from Content as King to Content as Kingmaker.
John received a PhD in Information Science from Rutgers University, an MS in Information Science from Columbia University, a Master in Psychology and Religion from the University of Iowa, and a Bachelor in Psychology from St. John’s University.