NFAIS Elects New Board of Directors Leadership for 2016-2017

Thomson Reuters IP & Science’s Chris Burghardt assumes NFAIS Presidency; NewsBank’s Peter Simon to serve as President-Elect for 2017-2018

March 15, 2016, Annapolis, MDThe National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS™), a global nonprofit membership organization serving the information services community, announced its Board of Directors slate for 2016-2017.

The new NFAIS Board assembled for its first meeting at the NFAIS 2016 Annual Conference, February 23 in Philadelphia.

As part of the new Board, Chris Burghardt, Vice President, Product and Market Strategy, at Thomson Reuters IP & Science, was installed as NFAIS President for the coming year. Burghardt, who has served on the NFAIS Board since 2015, currently is responsible for Thomson Reuters IP & Science’s product strategy and development for Practice of Science products & solutions, including the Web of Knowledge platform and the EndNote reference management software. He holds a BA from Villanova University and an MBA from Temple University. Burghardt succeeds Mary Sauer-Games, Vice President, Product Management, OCLC, as NFAIS President.

NFAIS’s full 2016-2017 Board of Directors slate is as follows:

Chris Burghardt, Vice President, Product and Market Strategy, Thomson Reuters IP & Science – President (2016-2017)

Mary Sauer-Games, Vice President, Product Management, OCLC - Past-President (2015-2016)

Peter Simon, Vice President, Product Management, NewsBank, Inc. – President-elect (2017-2018)

Brenda Bailey-Hainer, Executive Director, American Theological Library Association – Treasurer

Lynn Willis, Content Development Manager, American Psychological Association  Secretary

L. Suzanne BeDell, Managing Director, Science & Technology Books, Elsevier

Ryan Bernier, Vice President, Database Partnerships, EBSCO Information Services

Christopher Cole, Manager, Business Development, National Agricultural Library

Don Hagen, Associate Director, Office of Product Management & Acquisition
National Technical Information Service

Chris McCue, Vice President, Marketing, CAS

Deborah Ozga, Head, Index Section, National Library of Medicine

Eric Swenson, Director, Product Management, Scopus, Elsevier

“I’m extremely pleased to begin work with this year’s NFAIS Board,” said Marcie Granahan, NFAIS Executive Director. “The source of NFAIS’s strength has always been with its membership and its volunteers, especially our Board members, who give their time and expertise to help advance the information services community. I’m also especially grateful to those members who have just completed a year of dedicated service on our 2015-2016 Board. And I certainly know we all look forward to help continue building NFAIS’s momentum on behalf of our membership in the year ahead.”

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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.