ProQuest today announced that Kurt Sanford will join the Company as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of its Board of Directors on July 13, 2011. Mr. Sanford, a highly experienced information services executive, previously spent the past 14 years at LexisNexis, serving most recently as President, Global Operations for its global legal business.
Mr. Sanford will succeed Marty Kahn, who has led ProQuest since it was acquired by Cambridge Information Group (CIG) in 2007. Mr. Kahn will become Vice Chairman of ProQuest’s Board of Directors, and also consult with ProQuest and its parent company CIG. He will be based in CIG’s New York office.
Andrew M. Snyder, Chairman of ProQuest and President of CIG, said, “We are delighted to welcome Kurt Sanford to ProQuest. Our ability to attract an information industry executive with Kurt’s track record and knowledge reflects ProQuest’s potential for continued strong growth. We look forward to his leadership in driving and executing on the strategies that will allow ProQuest to further enhance its position in the industry.”
About Kurt SanfordPrior to joining ProQuest, Mr. Sanford, 53, was President, Global Operations for the global legal business of LexisNexis, with responsibility for global oversight and management of all technology functions, editorial and production, and customer support. Previously, he was President and CEO of U.S. Corporate and Public Markets for LexisNexis, overseeing the business, government and academic markets as well as the Risk Solutions business. Earlier, Mr. Sanford served as CEO of LexisNexis Asia Pacific and as the Senior Vice President for LexisNexis Large Law Firm Markets in the U.S., as well as holding other strategic and business development roles within the Company. Before joining LexisNexis, Mr. Sanford was a consultant at Bain and Company, the global business strategy consulting firm, where he specialized in assisting technology, telecommunications, consumer products and financial service firms. Prior to that, he was a vice president of a diversified financial services firm and also served on active duty in the U.S. Army as a Captain and member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
Mr. Sanford earned an MBA, with distinction, from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and received his JD, with honors, from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA. He also graduated with a BA in Economics from the University of Notre Dame.
About Marty Kahn
Mr. Kahn, 61, is widely respected throughout the information industry. Before joining ProQuest, Mr. Kahn was Chairman of the Board of Directors of OneSource Information Services, Inc. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ovid Technologies, Inc. and as Chairman of the Board of Vista Information Solutions. Earlier in his career, Mr. Kahn served as President of BRS Information Technologies; General Manager of the Health Professions Division of McGraw-Hill; and as VP, Sales and Marketing, of the W.B. Saunders Company. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA cum laude from Yale College.
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