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Keynote Speakers


David "Skip" Prichard
President & Chief Executive Officer, Ingram Content Group Inc.

Skip Prichard is President & Chief Executive Officer of Ingram Content Group Inc. Ingram Content Group provides books, music and media content to over 35,000 retailers, libraries, schools and distribution partners in over 200 countries. More than 21,000 publishers use Ingram's fully integrated physical and digital solutions and programs to realize the full business potential of books. Under his leadership, Ingram Content Group has improved its financial position, expanded its international locations to continental Europe and Australia, strengthened its digital offerings and integrated its multiple companies and acquisitions into a unified service offering.

Mr. Prichard's perspective as the leader of Ingram Content Group - the center hub between publishers, retailers and libraries - offers a unique view on the future of books and publishing. His views have been featured in print and online publications and broadcast media, including the BBC, The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Harvard Business Review, Information Today, The Bookseller, Publishers Weekly, Christian Retailing, Library Journal and others. He has spoken on this topic at conferences, including O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing, BookExpo America, PubWest, and the ECPA's Executive Leadership Summit.

Prior to his appointment at Ingram Content Group, Mr. Prichard was President and Chief Executive Officer of ProQuest Information & Learning where he led ProQuest through a successful financial turnaround, achieving double-digit growth and returning the company to profitability. Earlier in his career, Mr. Prichard held a number of executive positions with LexisNexis, where as Vice President of corporate and federal markets he provided business information and risk management solutions to the largest global corporations.

Jim Jansen
Senior Fellow, Pew Internet and American Life Project

Jim Jansen is a senior fellow at the Pew Internet & American Life Project and an associate professor with the College of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University. Jim studies the uses and affordances of the Web for information searching and ecommerce, with a focus on the interaction between the person and the technology. His current areas of research include Web searching, sponsored search, and online social networking. Jim has 200 or so authored and co-authored research publications. He is co-author of Web Search: Public Searching of the Web, co-editor of Handbook of Research on Weblog Analysis, author of Understanding User-Web Interactions Via Web Analytics, and author of the forthcoming book Understanding Sponsored Search (Cambridge University Press). He is a graduate of West Point and has a PhD in computer science from Texas A&M University, along with master degrees from Texas A&M (computer science) and Troy State (international relations).


Scott D. Schulman
President, Corporate Markets Group, Dow Jones & Company

Scott D. Schulman is president of the Corporate Markets Group of Dow Jones & Company where he leads the innovative business news and information products serving professionals and corporations worldwide. These services are designed to help business professionals better monitor and uncover opportunities in the markets, industries, companies and regions that matter most to them.

Mr. Schulman oversees core brands including Factiva, one of the largest electronic business aggregators and archives in the world, as well as Dow Jones Companies & Executives, Dow Jones Insight, Dow Jones Watchlist, The Wall Street Journal Professional Edition and more. These brands and other Corporate Markets Group services are designed to meet the needs of professionals in consulting and professional services, enterprise and business management; public relations and corporate communications; research and knowledge management; and risk and compliance. Mr. Schulman is currently leading a significant investment and expansion in Factiva as well as Dow Jones' offerings in risk and compliance and corporate communications.

Before taking on this role, Mr. Schulman held numerous senior executive level positions at Dow Jones. Most recently, he was president of Dow Jones Financial Information Services and previously was chief strategy officer at Dow Jones where he led corporate strategy efforts and major growth initiatives across all sectors of the company, He also served as senior vice president, global sales and marketing for The Wall Street Journal franchise. While in that position he played a key role in expanding the Journal's offerings through Personal Journal, WSJ Weekend and the Journal Report.

Prior to that, Mr. Schulman was president of Dow Jones Consumer Electronic Publishing. This operating group included Internet businesses such as WSJ.com and other electronic properties. Mr. Schulman was a champion of WSJ.com's widely admired subscription model, led major improvements to the Web sites and developed new vertical offerings. Mr. Schulman joined Dow Jones in 1999 as vice president of strategic planning and development.

Before joining Dow Jones, Mr. Schulman was a partner in the communications, media and technology practice at Booz Allen Hamilton in New York. During his 10-year career at Booz Allen, he led work in areas such as online/Internet services, electronic and print business information, newspapers, magazines, television, entertainment, education and direct marketing. Prior to that, he was a research analyst and associate consultant for Bain & Company in Boston.

Mr. Schulman serves on the boards of American Business Media and The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). He has previously served on the boards of the Ad Council, the American Advertising Federation, the Better Business Bureau, Duke Student Publishing Company, and Smart Money. Mr. Schulman's community involvement includes serving on the board of directors of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, a not-for-profit organization that is the largest and longest-running recognition program for the visual arts and writing in the U.S.

Mr. Schulman received a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Dan Strempel
Sr. Analyst, Editor, Business & Professional Group, Simba Information

Dan Strempel is the senior analyst/editor of Simba’s Business and Professional Group, where he oversees the publication of “Professional Content Report” and associated market reports. Since 2005, he has led the business and professional team in the publication of an expanded list of report titles, including “Global STM Publishing, Global Professional Publishing” and “Wireless Information in Professional Markets.” In addition, Strempel executes in-depth customized research projects and represents Simba at industry conferences and events. Prior to Simba, Strempel was managing editor at Westfair Communications in White Plains, N.Y.—the publisher of Westchester County Business Journal and Fairfield County Business Journal—where his work earned recognition from the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2004, The Business Council of Westchester named him as one of its “Rising Stars: Forty Under Forty” award winners. Strempel graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in journalism.


Mary Laplante
Vice President Client Services, Digital Clarity Group

As Vice President of Client Services, Mary manages Digital Clarity Group’s relationships with clients and prospects, from initial engagement through long-term partnership. Mary is the go-to Digital Clarity Group team member for business development, working with technology buyers and suppliers who will benefit from the firm’s no-nonsense analysis and consulting. She ensures that every client experiences the highest levels of satisfaction with Digital Clarity Group’s products and service. She contributes to and executes the firm’s marketing strategies and tactics.

Mary has spent her entire career in and around content management in its broadest sense. Her experience includes management and executive positions at several industry-leading specialty research and advisory firms. Most recently, she was vice president and practice leader for custom research and consulting at Outsell, Inc., a firm focused on the markets for monetized content. She was vice president and senior analyst at Gilbane Group, acquired by Outsell in 2010. She established Gilbane’s highly-regarded content globalization and localization practice area and contributed to the company’s XML, web content management, and enterprise search coverage. She was the founding executive director of the organization now known as OASIS and remains passionate about the role of standards in reducing the cost of applying technology solutions to real business problems.