ProQuest named John Law (BS ECE ’87) to the newly created position of vice President, Enterprise Product Strategy on Nov. 6, 2013. In this role, Law will lead initiatives that enable coordination among ProQuest's business areas, leveraging the company's breadth of expertise and assets to create product and service innovations.
"John's passion for our business and its potential to empower researchers and librarians has been evident in every position he's held at ProQuest," said Kurt Sanford, ProQuest CEO. "I'm confident his creativity and strategic insight will energize our efforts to collaborate across the enterprise and drive powerful new solutions for our customers."
Credited with the invention of the Summon service, Law has spent the past five years guiding it from initial development through its most recent advances as vice-president of Discovery Services at Serials Solutions. The Summon service's genesis is in Law's landmark "Student Research Behaviors Study," which examined the discovery process and identified common barriers in access to library resources. The study provided critical information on the competitive advantages libraries hold, insights into how students choose databases, the most powerful influencers on those decisions and the environment in which students conduct research.
Prior to leading Discovery Services, Law managed the ProQuest platform, with responsibility for strategic planning, user research and definition of new features. He played a key role in the creation and implementation of ProQuest® Smart Search, an advanced technology that has sustained a differentiated benefit, along with a variety of innovations supporting search and discovery.
He is a popular speaker on topics related to technology, user-centered design of applications, and product development, both from a library market perspective and in relation to new product management practices. He holds a bachelor's degree in Engineering from Michigan State University and a master's degree in Technology Management from Columbia University.
Law is based in ProQuest's headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich.