Thursday, June 21, 2012

OCLC Board of Trustees Rejects Jack Blount; Keeps Jay Jordan On

On June 20, I received this OCLC Member Update, which I found surprising since it came just 12 days after the OCLC Member Update announcing that Jack B. Blount is OCLC's next President and CEO. I reproduce yesterday's announcement from OCLC in full below:

Dear OCLC Members,

The OCLC Board of Trustees has concluded that rather than moving forward with the appointment of Jack B. Blount as its President and CEO, it is in the best interest of OCLC to have Jay Jordan continue serving in these capacities. Mr. Jordan has agreed to postpone his retirement to continue leading OCLC.

The OCLC Board of Trustees believes Mr. Jordan's strong track record, his skills as a leader, and his ability to identify and navigate emerging trends, make him uniquely qualified to serve the nearly 72,000 institutions that use OCLC services.

The Board of Trustees has complete confidence in the global management team and the 1,250 employees, who are working diligently to serve libraries around the world and fulfill OCLC's mission and goals.

The Board is committed to an orderly transition of leadership and will be assessing its succession planning process as it moves forward.


Larry Alford
Chair, OCLC Board of Trustees

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