Elizabeth Nolan Named Chief Publishing Officer at OSA



Angela Stark
The Optical Society

Elizabeth Nolan Named Chief Publishing Officer at OSA

WASHINGTON, July 6 —The Optical Society (OSA) today announced that Elizabeth Nolan has been promoted to chief publishing officer. In this new role, Nolan will oversee the society’s publishing program, including leading the development of comprehensive strategies for OSA’s publishing activities and directing the marketing, sales, and operations of OSA’s entire portfolio of peer-reviewed journals, electronic products, and special programs. Additionally, Nolan will serve as the primary point of contact for OSA’s strategic and editorial committees with oversight of technical content. Nolan most recently served as the senior deputy director of publishing sales and marketing at OSA, and she is succeeding John S. Childs, Ph.D., publisher/senior director, who retired from OSA on July 1.

“Elizabeth comes to OSA with an extensive background in scientific, technical, and medical publishing,” said Elizabeth Rogan, CEO of OSA. “OSA publications are recognized worldwide for the standard of excellence provided by its flagship journals and co-published titles. We look forward to Elizabeth’s leadership in continuing OSA’s long-held reputation as a foremost publisher, recognized for delivering the highest quality publications in the optics and photonics field.”

Immediately prior to joining OSA, Elizabeth was senior vice president, global sales, marketing and strategy at SPi, where she successfully led some of its largest strategic initiatives as well as developed a host of new innovative services for scientific, technical and medical publishers. Prior to that, she held senior level positions at Thompson Publishing Group, The Worldwatch Institute and Wolters Kluwer. With more than 17 years of experience working with and for global not-for-profit and commercial publishers and an Asia-based publishing service provider, Elizabeth has forged an international career that is rich in journal, book, and electronic publishing expertise.

“OSA provides its members and the scientific community with a rich portfolio of top-rated publications and electronic products that are unmatched by others in the field,” Nolan said. “I'm delighted to have joined one of the most pioneering publishers in the optics and photonics market, and I look forward to working with the team to enhance and advance OSA’s current publishing program in order to effectively meet the 21st century content needs of our myriad constituencies.”

About OSA
Uniting more than 106,000 professionals from 134 countries, the Optical Society (OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives. Since 1916 OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics. OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics. For more information, visit www.osa.org.