Tuesday, December 30, 2014

In 2014 Change Was the Only Constant In Legal Publishing Leadership

2014 was marked by an unusual level of churn in the leadership of legal information companies. Here is a rundown of notable changes:

Bloomberg BNA Legal Division.The most interesting  executive change was Bloomberg's selection of "legal rebel" David Perla as President of Bloomberg BNA Legal. There have been a succession of short term leaders at Bloomberg Law since it’s launch in 2011. David Perla joined the Bloomberg BNA Legal Division in July. Perla was a co-founder of Pangea3 which was purchased by Bloomberg BNA competitor Thomson Reuters.

Bloomberg LP  the parent company of Bloomberg BNA is also undergoing a leadership change.  Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is returning to his former leadership role effective January 1st 2015 according to a press release.  Dan Doctoroff will be stepping down from his role as CEO. Doctoroff joined Bloomberg as President in 2008 and became CEO in 2011. Doctoroff oversaw the evolution of Bloomberg Law into a serious competitor to Lexis and Westlaw. He also engineered the acquisition of legal publisher Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) which demonstrated Bloomberg Law's innovative "no  exclusions" policy. Most legal publishers charge additional fees for access to  newly acquired new content.  Examples of this  excluded content approach are Thomson Reuters' acquisition of GSI and Practical Law and LexisNexis' acquisition of Knowledge Mosaic and Law360.

Intelligize – In  March 2014  Intelligize founder Gurinder Sangha  left the company and was replaced by Todd Hicks.Phil Brown was named Chief Strategy Officer.  Hicks joined Intelligize in August 2010 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing to develop the company’s go-to-market strategy and to accelerate its revenue growth. Phil Brown has worked with Intelligize since 2010 as a strategic adviser. Brown is well known to the legal information community as former CEO and co-Founder of Global Securities Information(GSI) which was purchased by Thomson Reuters in 2005.

LexisNexis  Robert Romeo, CEO of LexisNexis North American Research and Litigation Solutions since 2011 resigned on June 30th. Sean Fitzpatrick assumed leadership  with the new title of managing director, North American Research Solutions. Fitzpatrick, was vice president of small law since joining LexisNexis in 2005.
Thomson Reuters On January 1st  Susan Taylor Martin became the first female president of Thomas Reuters Legal. She  replaced Mike Suchsland. In 2013 Suchland  announced  TR’s strategic pivot from being an information provide into a solutions provider when he introduced the Concourse and Firm central workflow management products. 
Taylor Martin  was previously  managing director of Thomson Reuters Legal in the U.K. and Ireland. According to the companies press release  Martin has been with TR since 1993, serving in several posts, including ‘head of Corporate Strategy at Reuters and president of Reuters Media.

 Wolters Kluwer Law and Business had  one of the busiest  booths at the AALL conference in July where it was previewing the next generation Cheetah platform. It was real stunner to many, when CEO Robert Lemmond departed in September. In addition to steering the development of Cheetah, Lemmond had created Wolters’ Kluwer’s first  Advisory Council of information professionals, launched a suite of topical daily newsletters, launched the new Health Care platform. Gregory Samios became president and CEO of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business on Sept. 8. He was previously president of health programs at Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions and held prior positions Reed Elsevier.

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