The American Chemical Society has named Manuel "Manny" Guzman the next president of its CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) division. Guzman's appointment begins Sept. 30. He succeeds Robert Massie, who has led Columbus-based nonprofit research organization for more than 21 years; Massie will retire at the end of March.
According to a news release, Guzman was executive vice president of learning and research solutions and international at Cengage Learning, which serves library markets around the world. He managed a $2 billion product development operation, including strategy, editorial, business development, and product and platform technology, as well as international operations generating $300 million in annual revenue.
"Manny was the unanimous and enthusiastic choice of our search committee, which looked at a field of highly capable executives," said Madeleine Jacobs, ACS executive director and CEO, in the announcement. "He is an extremely articulate, knowledgeable, accomplished and personable executive with substantive experience in relevant information businesses. He has led and managed information businesses at the scale of CAS and his knowledge of the library, education, government, and industry marketplaces, both domestically and internationally, places him advantageously to enhance ACS's core products-SciFinder and STN-as well as create new opportunities."
"CAS has a long and successful history of serving universities, businesses, and patent offices around the world with market-leading products and services," Guzman said in the release. "This foundational success provides the opportunity to exceed the digital customer expectations of the future."
Guzman was previously employed by Thomson Corp., serving from 2005 to 2007 as CFO and president of Thomson Learning, Career & Professional Group. After it was sold to Cengage, he became executive vice president, finance, operations & international for the academic and professional group. During his 10 years at Thomson and Cengage, he developed and launched innovative learning solutions and acquired entities such as National Geographic School Publishing.
Guzman holds a bachelor's in accounting and an MBA in finance from Seton Hall University.