May 27, 2022

Leadership: Brian Napack Named New President and CEO of Wiley & Ella Balagula Named New EVP of Publishing

From a Wiley Announcement:

John Wiley and Sons, Inc. today announced that Brian A. Napack has been named its new President and CEO, effective December 4. Mr. Napack succeeds Matthew Kissner, who has served as interim CEO since May of 2017. Mr. Kissner, a 14-year veteran of Wiley’s Board of Directors, will remain as Chairman.

Mr. Napack has an extensive background as a leader and innovator in the media, education, and information industries. He comes to Wiley from Providence Equity Partners, a global private equity firm with more than $50 billion under management, where he has been a Senior Advisor focused on investments in education and media.

Mr. Napack currently serves as a Director on the Boards of Blackboard, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Burning Glass, Ingram Industries, Recorded Books, myON, Synergis Education, and Zero To Three, a science-based early childhood advocacy organization. Due to the Wiley appointment, he will transition off certain of these boards.

Before joining Providence in 2012, Mr. Napack served as president of Macmillan, the global content publisher, where he oversaw businesses in education, consumer books, digital media and magazines.

Read the Complete Announcement

In Other Wiley News…

Wiley Announces Ella Balagula as New EVP of Publishing Business

Prior to joining Wiley, Ms. Balagula was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Engineering Solutions at Elsevier, one of the world’s largest providers of scientific, medical, and technology information, where she was responsible for commercial go-to-market, product management, software development and content acquisition and production in the engineering and academic segments. Ms. Balagula also served as CEO of Knovel.

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