ProQuest Names New CEO

ANN ARBOR — Matti Shem Tov, president of Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, will succeed Kurt Sanford as CEO of ProQuest, the Ann Arbor online information provider, the company announced.

“Over the past six years, I’ve focused on helping customers and users tackle their most important goals by assembling and structuring ProQuest’s assets to best serve them,” Sanford said. “Today, we have the right strategy and the right team in place for ProQuest to move to the next level in delivering on our mission of better research, better learning and better insights, enabling people to change their world.”

Added Shem Tov: “I’m honored and eager to lead the company forward, building on Kurt’s impressive legacy. The future now calls for ProQuest to focus on accelerating our responsiveness to emerging needs, helping our customers and users quickly adapt and succeed in dynamic environments.”

Shem Tov has led Ex Libris since 2003. Under his leadership, Ex Libris’ customer base has grown to more than 7,000 institutions in 82 countries, and he led the successful integration of ProQuest Workflow Solutions into Ex Libris when the companies came together in 2015.

Bar Veinstein, Ex Libris corporate vice president for resource management solutions, will succeed Shem Tov as president of Ex Libris. A seven-year veteran of the company, Veinstein will guide further development and expansion of the renowned Alma library management system and Ex Libris’ discovery solutions as well as the development of new innovative solutions such as Leganto and CampusM.

Sanford has led ProQuest since 2011, overseeing company growth, expansion into e-books and print media, as well as digital video and both content and function advancements to the company’s journal, news and dissertation resources. As CEO, Mr. Sanford guided ProQuest’s offering of services from industry leaders such as EBL-Ebook Library, Pi2, Coutts Information Service, Ex Libris and Alexander Street.

The company said the CEO transition will take place during the third quarter, with Sanford remaining with ProQuest through the end of 2017.

Read more in the blog post from Sanford and Shem Tov at More about ProQuest at

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