NFAIS Elects New Board of Directors Leadership for 2017-2018   

NewsBank’s Peter Simon assumes NFAIS Presidency; Elsevier’s Eric Swenson to serve as President-Elect for 2018-2019  

February 28, 2017, Annapolis, MD – The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS™), a global nonprofit membership organization serving the information services community, announced its Board of Directors slate for 2017-2018.

The new NFAIS Board assembled for its first meeting at the NFAIS 2017 Annual Conference, Sunday, February 26, in Alexandria, VA.

As part of the new Board, Peter Simon, Vice President, NewsBank, Inc., begins his term as NFAIS President for the coming year. Simon currently is Vice President, Product Management at NewsBank, Inc. He directs the development of key products while working on numerous strategic initiatives important to the growth of the company. Simon began his career as an Editor at RR Bowker; progressed to Executive Vice President of Business Development and Database Publishing at Reed Reference Publishing; served as Vice President, Business Development at the Lexis-Nexis division of Reed Elsevier; and also served as a Vice President with the Gale Group, where he directed product management, content distribution and alliances.

In addition, Simon developed content licensing functions for several publishers and represented a machine-aided indexing company working with major publishers and information services. He received his B.A. in English Literature from City College of New York and an M.S. in library and information services at Columbia University. He was chair of the Software and Information Industry Association Content Division's Board of Directors. Simon succeeds Christopher Burghardt, Vice President, Content Management, Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters IP & Science), as NFAIS President.

NFAIS’s full 2017-2018 Board of Directors slate is as follows:

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

Eric Swenson, Director, Product Management, Scopus, Elsevier, Inc. – President-elect (2018-2019)

Christopher Burghardt, Vice President, Content Management, Clarivate Analytics – Past- President

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

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

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

Brian Hitson, Director, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

Deanna Marcum, Senior Advisor, Ithaka S+R

Chris McCue, Vice President, Marketing, CAS

Ann Michael, President, Delta Think, Inc.

Mary Sauer-Games, Vice President, Product Management, OCLC

Jeffrey Wilensky, Vice President, Global Marketing, ProQuest

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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.