Hugo Zhang Appointed New Managing Director of Elsevier Science & Technology China
Publisher, Scholar, Civil Servant, Hugo Zhang, brings wealth of experience to head Beijing S&T Office
Beijing, 24 September 2008 – Elsevier, the leading global publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced today that Hugo Zhang has been appointed the Managing Director of Elsevier Science & Technology in China.
Hugo succeeds Sharon Ruwart who served in this role from 2006-2008, guiding Elsevier in Beijing to become the largest office in China among all foreign publishers. Hugo’s main responsibility will be to ensure that Elsevier remains China’s primary science and technology partner by offering sustainable, high quality information and workflow solutions.
Herman van Campenhout, CEO, Elsevier Science & Technology remarked, “We are delighted to have such an accomplished and knowledgeable Managing Director in Hugo. His strong relationships within the Chinese government and amongst business leaders in publishing will enable him to keep Elsevier closely in step with China’s soaring economy, research community and publishing needs.”
“China has been the fastest growing country in the past two decades--and a critical market for Elsevier,” Hugo added, “I am very much looking forward to helping Elsevier remain a key partner for China as its intensive R&D investment continues to generate impressive growth and new scientific discoveries.”
Hugo brings to his new position relevant experience in strategic planning, publishing, and publicity from both within and outside of the publishing industry. Prior to joining Elsevier in 2007 as Business Development and Marketing Director responsible for S&T books sales and business development in greater China and Korea, Hugo held diverse management roles within the Chinese Central Government including the Director of Book Publishing Policy Programs in the Publicity Department. As a promising scholar and civil servant, Hugo researched cultural industries and policy at the University of Ottawa and Simon Fraser University in Canada from 2002 – 3. The previous year, he served as the Assistant Mayor of Yao City in Shaanxi Province.
Hugo holds a degree from Lanzhou University, and is the author of several books including National Interests and Cultural Policy, Cultural Industries and Policy in a Globalizing World and Culture, and the translator of Trade and Globalization and Our Creative Diversity – World Culture Committee Report.
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