Elsevier Expands Web Strategy Group

New York, May 15, 2006 – Elsevier, a leading information provider for scientific, technical and medical communities, has appointed Scott Virkler to be responsible for the overall development and execution of its strategy in the fast-growing multi-billion dollar internet Search marketplace. Virkler was previously with GlobalSpec, a leader in vertical search, and is joining Elsevier as Vice President of Web Strategy & Business Development.

“Scott Virkler’s experience in building a successful, fast-growing company like GlobalSpec that targets Science and Engineering professionals will be a valuable complement to Elsevier in today’s rapidly changing online environments”, said Nick Fowler, Elsevier’s Director of Strategy.

While at GlobalSpec for the last five years Virkler played a critical role in GlobalSpec’s success. He was responsible for developing the company’s overall strategic direction and business relationships, and developed successful third-party partnerships with Google, Yahoo, eBay, IEEE, AutoDesk, large original equipment manufacturers and a variety of publishing partners.

Prior to joining GlobalSpec Virkler served as director and manager of Global Corporate Sourcing for General Electric. During his six years at GE, Virkler served as Corporate and Business Process Consultant for Manufacturing and Supply Chain Solutions for GE Information Services and as a team leader in the GE Transportation System. He was also a Master Black Belt of GE’s famous “Six Sigma” process.

A recipient of a Masters of Business Administration degree from Gannon University in Erie, PA, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Virkler served in the U.S. Air Force from 1987 to 1993. Virkler remains a Lt. Colonel in the Air Guard with oversight for a squadron that deploys aircraft to support teams of scientists in Antarctica and Greenland.

Virkler will be based in Elsevier’s New York office.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence, and ClinicalKey — and publishes nearly 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

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