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From your 1997-98 OCLC Users' Council Delegates:
   Benard Strong          Marcia Talley
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> DATE:         April 20, 1998
>
> TO:                   OCLC Staff
>
> FROM:                 Sharon Rogers, Chair, OCLC Board of Trustees
>
> SUBJECT:      New President and CEO of OCLC
>
>
>
>       I am pleased to announce that the OCLC Board of Trustees has
> named Jay Jordan as the fourth President and Chief Executive Officer
> of OCLC.  He will join OCLC on May 11, 1998.
>       The news release below contains biographical information about
> Mr. Jordan.
>       On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to both thank
> and commend you for your patience and cooperation during this
> transition period.  All of you, together, have accomplished much
> during Dr. K. Wayne Smith's tenure.  The Board and the OCLC membership
> are extremely grateful to Wayne and to you for your dedicated
> commitment to OCLC and for your achievements in the last nine and
> one-half years.  The legacy of your work is a strong and vibrant
> organization poised for continued growth and success.
> Now, as we move forward under new leadership, I ask you to please join
> me and the Board in welcoming Jay Jordan to OCLC.  Working together,
> we can extend and create new opportunities for libraries as OCLC
> pursues its unique mission in the library world.
> Text of News Release

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> JAY JORDAN NAMED PRESIDENT AND CEO of OCLC
> DUBLIN, Ohio, April 20, 1998-The Board of Trustees of OCLC Online
> Computer Library Center has named Robert L. "Jay" Jordan as president
> and chief executive officer.
>       Mr. Jordan, 55, a business executive, will become the fourth
> president in OCLC's 31-year history in May 1998, succeeding K. Wayne
> Smith, who is stepping down after nearly 10 years.  Mr. Jordan is
> currently president, new business development, Information Handling
> Services Group, Englewood, Colorado.
>       In announcing Mr. Jordan's appointment, Sharon J. Rogers, chair
> of the OCLC Board of Trustees, stated:  "In Jay Jordan, the OCLC Board
> of Trustees has identified a worthy successor to K. Wayne Smith, whose
> stewardship of OCLC over nearly a decade has been exemplary.  Mr.
> Jordan brings to OCLC an international perspective and a record of
> imaginative leadership.  We believe he will take OCLC to a new level
> as it pursues its public purposes of furthering access to the world's
> information and reducing information costs."
>       "I am honored to have been selected by the OCLC Board of
> Trustees to assume the role of president and CEO," said Mr. Jordan.
> "OCLC has consistently delivered value to its worldwide members, and I
> look forward to continuing OCLC's tradition of leadership in providing
> new services to libraries and their users."
> Mr. Jordan graduated with a B.A. in English literature from Colgate
> University in 1966.  He served as an officer in the U.S. Army from
> 1966 to 1969.  From 1969 to 1974, he was in sales with Minnesota
> Mining & Manufacturing in Germany and in Washington, D.C.
>       In 1974, he joined his present company, Information Handling
> Services Group.  IHS Group <http://www.ihsgroup.com> is a leading
> international publisher of electronic information databases, with
> projected 1998 sales of $440 million.  Its individual operating
> companies all serve the vital information needs of customers across
> the world's technical, business and professional sectors.  IHS Group
> employs 1,400 at its Colorado headquarters and over 3,000 worldwide.
>       Mr. Jordan has held several key positions during his 23-year
> career with IHS Group.  From 1996 to 1998, he was president, new
> business development and president, software, standards and print
> products, where he managed multiple operating companies in diverse
> markets.  From 1989 to 1996, he was president, IHS Engineering, where
> he was responsible for the rapid migration of the IHS customer base
> from microfilm services to virtually all electronic products as well
> as the development of many new electronic products.  He joined IHS in
> 1974 and was vice president, U.S. sales from 1979 to 1980; vice
> president, sales, 1980 to 1981; senior vice president, sales and
> marketing worldwide, 1981 to 1984; and executive vice president, sales
> and marketing worldwide, 1984 to 1989.
>       Mr. Jordan was based in Europe from 1976 to 1978 during IHS's
> initial expansion into international markets.  At IHS he has also had
> an ongoing leadership role with standards development organizations
> worldwide.
>       Mr. Jordan has served as a director of the Association for
> Information and Image Management and is currently a director of the
> Information Technology Industry Council, the Information Industry
> Association and the Colorado Center for the Book.  He has also been
> active with the Standards Engineering Society, the Standards
> Publishing Advisory Board and the 1991 White House Conference on
> Libraries and Information Services.
>       Mr. Jordan and his wife, Mary, will reside in Delaware, Ohio.
> Mr. Jordan has two adult children.
>       OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Dublin, Ohio, is a
> nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research
> organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to
> the world's information and reducing information costs.  Libraries of
> all types use OCLC systems and software to help manage their
> collections and provide reference services. OCLC's computer network
> and services link more 26,000 libraries in 64 countries and
> territories.  More information is available at the OCLC Web site
> <http://www.oclc.org>.
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