John Wiley ceo for the past 13 years William Pesce will retire from that position on April 30, 2011. Pesce has led the company during a dramatic period of expansion. As chairman of the board Peter Booth Wiley notes, Pesce has overseen “the most significant changes in its 203-year history, including consummating the company’s largest acquisition; capitalizing on investments in enabling technology to serve customers better; and generating record financial results. Will has contributed enormously to Wiley’s nurturing and supportive culture, which is a tremendous source of competitive advantage for the Company.”
Company veteran Stephen Smith will take over as ceo. He was promoted to chief operating officer in 2009, after overseeing an expanding portfolio of the company’s overseas units. Pesce will be nominated for a board seat at Wiley’s 2011 shareholders meeting.