Skip Prichard, an experienced senior executive in the information services market, has been named the next OCLC President and CEO.
Mr. Prichard has led multi-national organisations that serve libraries across the full spectrum of library services and content needs. Most recently, he was President and CEO of Ingram Content Group Inc., which provides a broad range of physical and digital services to the book industry. Prior to his service at Ingram, he was President and CEO of ProQuest Information and Learning, a respected global publisher and information provider serving library, education, government and corporate markets with offices around the world.
Mr. Prichard will succeed Jay Jordan, who will retire 30th June after 15 years as OCLC President and CEO. Mr. Prichard will serve as OCLC President-elect, effective 3rd June, and will officially become President and CEO on 1st July.
Mr. Prichard joined Ingram in 2007 as Chief Operating Officer. He was named President and CEO of Ingram Content Group in January 2008, and served through June 2012. Ingram Content Group is a $1.5 billion global group of companies with more than 3,000 employees that provide physical and digital books, music and media to over 35,000 retailers, libraries, schools and distribution partners around the world.
From October 2005 to April 2007, he was President and CEO of ProQuest Information and Learning (PQIL), an organisation with 1,200 employees in the Americas, Europe and Asia. He also held posts at PQIL as General Manager and Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing from April 2003 to October 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Prichard held a number of executive positions with LexisNexis, where as Vice President he provided business information and risk management solutions to global corporations, libraries and other organisations.