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.
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include ScienceDirect, Scopus, Reaxys, ClinicalKey and Mosby’s Suite, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite and MEDai’s Pinpoint Review, which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.
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