NISO Board of Directors Election Results Released for Upcoming Term

Leadership includes Peter Simon of NewsBank and Mary Sauer-Games of OCLC

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is pleased to announce the results of its recent Board elections for the term beginning July 1, 2020. Peter Simon, Vice President, Product Management, NewsBank, Inc., becomes Chair of NISO for the 2020-21 term, after serving as Vice Chair for the past 12 months. Mary Sauer-Games, Vice President, Product Management, OCLC, Inc., has been elected to serve as the incoming Vice Chair. She will transition into the role of Chair for 2021-22 next July. Marian Hollingsworth will transition to the position of Past Chair following her successful tenure as Chair of the NISO Board since July of 2019.

In addition, NISO Voting Members have elected two new Directors — Karim Boughida, Dean of University Libraries, University of Rhode Island, and Rebecca McLeod, Managing Director, Harvard Data Science Review (HDSR), Harvard University — as well as re-electing two current Directors, Greg Suprock, Head of Solutions Architecture, Apex CoVantage, and Robert Wheeler, Director, Publishing Technologies, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). All four newly-elected Directors will serve on the Board for a three-year term starting July 1, 2020 and ending in June of 2023.

Miranda Walker, Senior Publisher, Health Learning, Research & Practice, Wolters Kluwer Health, and Keith Webster, Dean of University Libraries, Carnegie Mellon University; will be rotating off the Board, with our thanks for their service.

Incoming Board Chair, Peter Simon, said, ““It’s an honor to take on the role of NISO Chair. Continuing to build on the accomplishments of the past year, I look forward to working with the Board, staff, and wider community to foster and grow NISO while navigating through to a new normal. Being a forum for thought leadership and dialog across all the stakeholder groups in our community is now more important than ever.”

“In these unprecedented times, NISO will play an even more important role by bringing together all sectors of the information industry to innovate and develop solutions for our most pressing issues,” noted Mary Sauer-Games, incoming Vice Chair. “In this leadership role, I look forward to working with the community to advance these discussions.”

Commenting on the election results, Todd Carpenter, NISO’s Executive Director said, “NISO is fortunate to have the support from the leadership among our community of members. We benefit from their diversity, and the different perspectives they bring based on their roles, and entities that they represent. We look forward to working together to advance our common mission.”