Take Two

From the July 2013 issue of Columbus CEO

Nearly two years after longtime OCLC President and CEO Jay Jordan first announced he would retire, it looks as though he’ll finally get to pack up his office. Skip Prichard will take over as president and CEO of the nonprofit library organization July 1.

Sandy Yee, chair of theOCLC board of trustees, expressed confidence in Prichard’s appointment. “He has the leadership skills, the experience, commitment and energy to help lead the important work we have under way to move library services forward—in the cloud, on mobile devices and through the collaborative work of libraries and partners around the world,” Yee wrote in a May 16 letter staff.

Prichard comes from Ingram Content Group Inc., a digital and physical book publishing services provider, where he served as president and CEO from 2008 to 2012 and COO since 2007. Previously, he was president and CEO of ProQuest Information and Learning and a vice president with LexisNexis.

Dublin-based OCLC has 22,599 member libraries worldwide with thousands of non-member libraries using its services. The nonprofit reported $203.5 million revenue in 2012 and holds 2 billion volumes in its WorldCat digital catalog

Jordan initially announced his retirement in June 2011. The board appointed Jack Blount as successorJune 2012, then rescinded the move without explanation less than two weeks later (“Jordan (Doesn’t) Say Goodbye,” August 2012).

Jordan celebrated 15 years with the organization in May and led OCLC through a period of “remarkable” innovation and global expansion, Yeewrote. “His contributions to the OCLC cooperative, to libraries and to librarianship will have a lasting impact, and have provided the cooperative with a strong foundation to continue to advance our mission.