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2012 IN Conference

Speaker Bios

Alison Denby

Alison Denby joined Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress) in 2008 as Publisher and is responsible managing and developing bepress’s journal publishing program. She has 20 years of journal publishing experience including time at Blackwell/Wiley-Blackwell and Emerald. Alison holds an MBA from Babson College.

Beverly Schwartz
Carol Anne Meyer

Carol Anne Meyer is responsible for marketing and business development at CrossRef. An information industry professional with 25 years of experience in publishing and product development, she has consulted with participants in the scholarly publishing community on marketing, market research, product development, and production issues. Carol has held strategic product management positions at Aries Systems, Northern Light Northern Light Technology and SilverPlatter. She also served as the Director of New Media for Little, Browns professional division, which included product development for legal and medical markets and Publisher of the journals program at ACM, and was instrumental in creating the database production systems that now support ACM’s Digital Library. Early in her career, Carol was involved with newsletter and magazine publishing for a trade association and with the dawn of the electronic publishing era at Random House Software.

David Jastrow

David Jastrow presently serves as Director, Strategic Market Analysis for Health Sciences at John Wiley and Sons, Inc. He has more than 15 years of experience in STM publishing and information strategy, with particular interest in sizing competitive markets, identifying emerging clinical trends and exploring how clinical information can be used to drive performance improvement for hospitals and generate better patient care.

Prior to joining Wiley, Jastrow was Manager of Market Intelligence for the Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters (now Truven Health). He also previously directed the business/professional information division of Simba Information, where he was lead writer and analyst for the annual Global STM Publishing report and editor of Professional Publishing Report. Earlier in his career, he held editorial positions with technology publishers Ziff-Davis Media and CMP Media.

He graduated with a bachelors degree in journalism and economics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and is working toward an MBA at Rutgers University-Camden. He also is Pragmatic Marketing Certified and completed a training program on Authentic Leadership at Rutgers. Other interests include coaching soccer, playing basketball and drinking lots of coffee.

David Payne

David Payne worked as print journalist for 10 years on local newspapers and on healthcare titles. In 2000 he joined a medical dotcom start-up and then joined the newly formed Food Standards Agency to establish its online presence as the UK’s most trusted source of information and advice about food safety and nutrition. He joined BMJ Group in 2008 to edit its flagship online title bmj.com. David leads a lively and talented team responsible for BMJ blogs, podcasts, videos, and apps. In 2011 the BMJ moved its site (including an online archive dating back to 1840) to the Drupal open source platform. This was a co-development with HighWire press.

Jonathan Clark

Jonathan Clark is an independent advisor on strategy and innovation, helping forward thinking executives re-invent their business. His company, Jonathan Clark & Partners helps clients get into the habit of continually thinking and doing things differently. Jonathan Clark has a deep understanding of running customer-centric businesses having worked for 20 years in international publishing and ebusiness with Elsevier. He brings energy and enthusiasm into everything he does. Jonathan’s particular skill is to help people see things from new perspectives and to inspire them to make things happen.

Examples of projects undertaken by Jonathan Clark & Partners:

  • Running Innovation Games® with customers of a legal publisher as part of their strategic review of future trends over the next 10 years
  • Working with a B2B publisher to design an innovation framework for them to use across all their market segments, including delivering innovation leadership training
  • Designing and running an annual kick-off event for 170 staff of a leading STM publisher
  • Designing and facilitating lightning innovation sessions on a booth at Medical Library Association Exhibition for a leading database vendor. More sales leads were generated during these sessions for the client than in all previous MLA exhibits they have attended.
  • Facilitating a strategic review day for the Board of a not-forprofit organization
  • Helping the operations division of a large publisher transform itself into a more flexible, responsive and nimble unit.
  • Designing and running 3-day innovation workshop for 40 participants including customers
  • Organizing a Customer User Experience event for a legal publisher
  • Running an Innovation Games® day with users of a leading financial website to help the redesign their homepage to increase the frequency of visits, click-thrus and page views.
  • Designing a structure for internal feedback at a large information services company
  • Running a strategy workshop for the Editorial Board of a major international STM journal
  • Training and coaching in innovation and creative brainstorming for a leading international proprietary trading company
  • Innovation Games® for Customer Understanding training course given in-company and as public courses
  • Future-based competitor analysis for a large scientific society, looking at where their competitors may be in 5 years time
  • A series of retrospective review workshops for the customer support centre of a hard disk manufacturer to identify opportunities for innovation in their operations
  • Designing and running a 1-day event in Chennai, India for
  • 200 participants in support of a culture change program for the operations division of a major STM publisher. This included training for facilitators of the parallel workshops.
Todd McGee

Todd McGee was one of the founding members of the HighWire team in 1995. At the time he was working at Stanford on a postdoctoral fellowship in Biology but was instrumental in setting the information architecture and functions of the JBC, the first online journal in the biological sciences. Todd joined HighWire as an employee in 1997 and has been HighWire’s Technical Project Manager for publisher web sites for The New England Journal of Medicine, The Oxford English Dictionary, Sage Journals Online and other high impact projects.

Currently Todd is the Assistant Director for Systems Applications and is the manager of HighWire’s Drupal Team and iOS/Android Mobile App teams. In 2011-2012 Todd led the HighWire effort to co-develop a new site for the BMJ in a then-unique co-development effort to relaunch the journal site using Drupal as the front end with unrestricted publisher control over all aspects of the front-end site.

Vivian Berghahn