Arlington, Va. (April 28, 2009) – Specialized news and information publisher BNA today announced the election of a new Chief Information Officer, the establishment of a Product Research & Development unit headed by a new Chief Product Officer, and the appointment of six Vice Presidents of the parent company.
The BNA Board of Directors, recognizing the importance of the technological infrastructure that supports the functioning of the business, elected Carol A. Clark as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Clark, formerly Vice President for Resource Management, will be responsible for ensuring a strategic and reliable technology infrastructure across the corporation, including BNA’s six subsidiary companies.
Audrey Hipkins has been appointed Vice President and Chief Product Officer. Hipkins will be responsible for the newly-created Product Research & Development unit, with the mandate to develop and implement a customer-facing technology strategy, including the ongoing development and enhancement of BNA’s new Web platform and the company’s electronic commerce initiatives.
“This restructuring gives BNA the opportunity to implement a unified vision and approach to creating and launching products that integrate BNA’s quality content with the company’s proprietary technology,” said Gregory C. McCaffery, BNA’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “My senior management team has the talent and the industry experience to execute BNA’s strategic vision and bring BNA to the next level of success,” he said.
The following business unit heads have been appointed as Vice Presidents of the parent company:
Richard Montella, Vice President and Director, Strategic Resources. Montella’s expanded responsibility includes all business development activity for the BNA parent company, including the negotiation and coordination of third-party relationships.
Christopher J. Marlin, Vice President and Director, Human Resources. The elevation of this position reflects the strategic importance of the HR function. Marlin came to BNA in July 2008 as Executive Director of HR, and has extensive HR experience working with major corporations.
Margret S. Hullinger, Vice President and Group Publisher, BNA Books. Hullinger has led BNA Books since 1999, and has overseen its growth into one of BNA’s most profitable business units, last year publishing a record 73 titles.
Darren P. McKewen, Vice President and Group Publisher, Tax and Accounting. McKewen has guided BNA’s tax and accounting business since his appointment as Group Publisher in 2005. He also is charged with coordinating strategy across BNA business units for the development and launch of internationally-focused tax products.
Robert Shew, Vice President and Group Publisher, HR & Payroll/EHS. Shew has served as Group Publisher, Human Resources & Payroll since July 2005, where he has initiated new and creative product offerings and custom content solutions. He now assumes responsibility for the Environment, Health & Safety business unit as well.
“The sweeping changes being proposed by the Obama Administration have created an environment where professionals need BNA’s essential information and expert analysis more than ever,” said McCaffery. “With this talented team in place to execute BNA’s strategic vision, I’m excited about what lies ahead, and about what we will all be able to accomplish together.”
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