John Wiley & Sons, Inc., today announced the appointment of William Pence, Global Chief Technology Officer at AOL, to its Board of Directors, effective May 1, 2016.
With more than 25 years of experience, William Pence is an accomplished leader in the digital technology industry. Currently appointed as Global Chief Technology Officer at AOL, William leads all aspects of AOL’s global technology strategy, platform development and external technology partnerships, as well as plays a key leadership role in the overall strategy and direction of AOL.
“William Pence will be a great addition to Wiley’s Board of Directors. His leadership in the digital technology industry will prove invaluable to Wiley’s Board of Directors,” said Mark Allin, Wiley President & CEO.
“Innovative technology is imperative for any company to move forward and having a digital tech leader such as William Pence will be extremely important to us at Wiley,” said Matthew Kissner, Chair, Wiley Board of Directors.
Before joining AOL, William served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of WebMD from 2007 to 2014 as well as Chief Operating Officer of WebMD from 2012 to 2014. William was instrumental in mobile product efforts across WebMD’s properties as well as the company’s global expansion. He also drove technology and corporate operations improvement through automation, cloud technology and data management systems
Prior to WebMD, William served as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President at Napster from 2003 to 2007. From 2001 to 2003, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of pressplay, a Universal Music Group/Sony Music Entertainment joint venture, and from 2000 to 2001 he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Universal Music Group. Previously, William spent more than a decade at IBM.
William received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Virginia, and a PhD. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.