Senior Vice President Global Communications and the Executive Director of the Elsevier Foundation
Areas of Expertise: Publishing industry trends and partnerships, Women in Science, Research access in the developing world, Corporate Responsibility, Universal Access
David Ruth is responsible for Elsevier’s external and internal communications and corporate responsibility programs worldwide. He has led the development of the Elsevier Foundation’s New Scholars program which supports programs to advance and expand the participation of women in science, health and technology. He has also championed Research4Life as the central element in Elsevier’s Corporate Responsibility program. The Elsevier Foundation's Innovative Libraries program also supports capacity-building projects in the fields of science, technology and medicine — through training, education; infrastructure digitization and preservation of information.
Previously, David was with Merck & Co., Inc., where he had primary responsibility for corporate external communications, corporate responsibility, corporate advertising, employee communications, publishing, and the Merck Company Foundation. Mr. Ruth also served with the U.S. Department of State under the Clinton Administration, where he was appointed Senior Coordinator for Business Affairs; and the American Express Company, where he held a number of positions in public affairs and communications in Asia, Europe and North America. Mr. Ruth earned a Master’s degree from the Columbia University School of International Affairs, with a specialization in international economics, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin.