JMIR appoints three senior executives to join its leadership team -

JMIR Publications, an open-access publisher of academic peer-reviewed journals with a focus on digital health and open science, and other innovative scientific communication products, has announced the appointment of three senior executives – Adrian Stanley, Lisa Cuevas Shaw, and Michael Shepard – to join its leadership team, effective January 2021.

Adrian Stanley, previously with Digital Science and former president of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), joins the JMIR executive team in the newly created role of Chief Innovation and Development Officer (CIDO) to lead JMIR’s growth, sustainability, and innovation by focusing on strategic partnerships, brand expansion, and execution of innovative initiatives to elevate JMIR’s mission and position it as a leader in the Digital Health and Open Science research ecosystem.

Lisa Cuevas Shaw joins JMIR as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Deputy Publisher to lead JMIR’s growing operations while building on the organisation’s reputation as one of the most author-friendly and fastest publishers in the world. Lisa comes from SAGE Publishing, where she spent the last 8 years of her tenure as Senior Vice President and a member of SAGE’s senior executive team.

Finally, Michael Shepard joins JMIR as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to implement JMIR’s ambitious strategy to re-engineer the scholarly publishing workflow, providing an outstanding user experience in academic submission and peer-review platforms, and to architect a ‘preprint-first’ review and publishing strategy.

Adrian Stanley, in his role as CIDO, will utilise his global strategic development expertise and understanding of disruptive innovative start-up technologies to lead JMIR’s next phase of growth in the Digital Health and Open Science scholarly research ecosystem.

Adrian has more than 25 years of experience working in the global publishing world and has held many leadership positions, including President of the Society for Scholarly Publishers (SSP), Chair of the SSP Funder Taskforce, Associate Editor for Learned Publishing, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) Ambassador, and Board Member for the Canadian not-for-profit youth organisation STEM Fellowship. Prior to being Managing Director, Publishers at Digital Science, Adrian was the CEO of the Charlesworth Group (USA) and Chief Operating Officer for Charlesworth China, living and working in China to help grow the company from a staff of 3 people to 200 people. Adrian received degrees from the University of Leeds and the University of Huddersfield in the United Kingdom.

Lisa Cuevas Shaw, JMIR’s new COO and Deputy Publisher, brings more than 20 years of progressive strategy, business development, and operations experience from across the information sector, with expertise in scholarly, educational, and professional publishing; digital products; and services. As COO and Deputy Publisher, Lisa will apply her experience and track record of creating sustained value for mission-driven organisations through the alignment of vision, strategy, and operational execution to create a platform to support JMIR’s exciting growth and innovation trajectory. Specifically, Lisa will lead JMIR’s core operations—including the end-to-end publishing processes, outputs, and extended services that the JMIR team offers—supporting JMIR's open research workflows and infrastructure for greater social impact. Lisa joins JMIR after 8 years as a member of SAGE Publishing’s senior executive team, serving as SVP and Managing Director, USA, for Corwin, a SAGE subsidiary. During her tenure, Corwin tripled in size and moved from a transactional operation to one rooted in transformational partnerships.

Michael Shepard, JMIR’s new CTO, brings more than 20 years of progressive engineering management, technology strategy, and mission-critical systems from the B2B enterprise and FinTech industries. Michael will lead the engineering development of JMIR's innovative new platforms for social impact. JMIR's continued growth requires a rapidly expanding development team. Michael will build JMIR's world-class software engineering teams, focusing on people and technology's performance leadership for velocity, productivity, and scale.

As CTO, Michael will apply his experience and track record of more than 50 programming languages and cloud systems for automotive, aerospace, and financial industries. His successful mission-critical systems operate where downtime costs millions of dollars per hour to keep people, products, and companies safe and resilient. He developed big data systems before it was called Big Data.

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