NFAIS Designates Robert J. Massie as Honorary Fellow at 2015 Annual Conference

Former President of CAS honored for more than 20 years of service to the information services field

February 24, 2015, Annapolis, MD – The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS™), the nation’s leading membership association for the information services industry, announced Robert J. Massie, former president of Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), was designated an NFAIS Honorary Fellow at the NFAIS 2015 Annual Conference, February 22-24.

NFAIS created the title of Honorary Fellow in 1983 to recognize those who made significant contributions to NFAIS and to the information services industry during their professional careers. Massie, who as an Honorary Fellow is granted lifetime membership with NFAIS, was the 2008 NFAIS Miles Conrad Award Recipient. The Miles Conrad Award, given annually at the NFAIS Annual Conference, is considered the information industry’s premier honor for achievement in fostering the growth of information services.

“It is our absolute pleasure to name Bob Massie an NFAIS Honorary Fellow,” said Marcie Granahan, NFAIS Executive Director. “Bob is known widely not only for his leadership at CAS, but also for his kind and caring manner. We’re truly delighted to honor Bob for all of his efforts to advance the field of information services.”

Massie led Columbus, OH-based CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, as its president for more than 21 years before retiring in 2014. Prior to joining CAS in 1992, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Gale Research, a library reference publisher and subsidiary of the Thomson publishing organization. Earlier in his career, Massie practiced law with Covington and Burling. He holds a joint JD/MBA degree from Columbia University, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar, and is an Honors graduate of Yale College.

"I sincerely appreciate and want to thank NFAIS for this induction as an Honorary Fellow," said Massie. "Twenty two years ago, when I joined CAS, I quickly learned of the deep connection between CAS and NFAIS. Since that time, NFAIS has maintained its role as a uniquely well positioned convenor of industry leaders and participants, organizing highly valuable exchanges and opportunities to meet and advance our work." 

In addition to his corporate leadership roles, Massie has served on the boards of a number of for-profit companies, including MindLeaders. He currently serves as a member of several Boards of Directors in the Columbus area, including the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and The Columbus Partnership, a civic development organization comprised of 52 CEOs from Columbus’ leading businesses and institutions focused on improving the economic vitality of the Columbus region.

Massie was honored at the NFAIS 2015 Annual Conference, now in its 57th year, taking place at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, just outside Washington, DC, February 22-24.

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The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS™) is a global, nonprofit, volunteer-powered membership organization that serves the information community – that is, all those who create, aggregate, organize, and otherwise provide ease of access to and effective navigation and use of authoritative, credible information. Member organizations represent a cross-section of content and technology providers, including database creators, publishers, libraries, host systems, information technology developers, content management providers and other related groups. They embody a true partnership of commercial, nonprofit and government organizations that embraces a common mission – to build the world's knowledge-base through enabling research and managing the flow of scholarly communication. NFAIS exists to promote the success of its members and for more than 50 years has provided a forum in which to address common interests through education and advocacy.

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