John Wiley & Sons has promoted Mark Allin to the position of executive vice president and chief operating officer, from May this year.
Allin is currently executive vice president for professional development. Steve Smith, president and c.e.o of Wiley credited Allin with “reshaping and reinvigorating” Wiley’s professional trade business in response to rapidly changing market conditions, and said he was the “primary architect” of Wiley’s strategy to refocus the business “on the career lifecycle needs of our professional customers.”
Smith added: “He brought new talent and high-growth businesses to Wiley through important acquisitions, including CrossKnowledge, Profiles International, Inscape, ELS/CPAexcel, and Elan Guides. He divested underperforming consumer publishing assets. Finally, he restructured and reorganized the business, greatly improving segment profitability in the process and re-allocating resources to high-growth areas.”
In his new role, Allin will continue to report to Smith and have strategic and operational responsibility for Wiley’s three businesses.
Allin, who has previously worked at Simon & Schuster as well as Pearson, added: “I am committed to contributing to this outstanding company’s continued success as we evolve our business, while staying true to our enduring values of integrity, trust, and the highest standards of professionalism.”