President and Chief Executive Officer
John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Stephen M. Smith became Wiley's 11th President & Chief Executive Officer on May 1, 2011. He joined Wiley in 1992 as Vice President, Wiley Asia based in Singapore, with responsibility for all Wiley operations in the region. Over the next decade he assumed additional responsibilities for other international markets including Australia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. He was promoted to the role of Senior Vice President, International Development in 1996 when he joined the Wiley Leadership Team. In 2006, Mr. Smith became Chief Operating Officer of Wiley’s UK business, and was appointed Senior Vice President, Wiley Europe in 2007, while continuing his role in Asia and Australia.
Mr. Smith relocated from the UK to Hoboken, NJ in May 2009 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer as a step in a planned succession for Wiley President and CEO Will Pesce. As COO, Mr. Smith assumed leadership responsibility for Wiley’s three global publishing businesses and responsible for the overall strategic and operational management of the Company.
Prior to joining Wiley, Mr. Smith was President of Simon & Schuster’s UK Academic and Professional Group, with management responsibility for the European operations of Simon & Schuster and Prentice Hall. During his time with Simon & Schuster, he also spent two years in the Middle East and six years as Managing Director of the Asian subsidiary in Singapore. He received his BSc. in Psychology from Oxford Brookes University. He has been an active participant in industry campaigns to combat copyright infringement around the world.
Having spent much of his career working across national borders and cultures, Mr. Smith is an avid believer in the power of Wiley's products and services to foster knowledge and understanding around the world while making a meaningful difference in the lives of customers.
Mr. Smith and his wife Elizabeth live in New York City. They have five children.