ORCID appoints Chris Shillum as new Executive Director -

ORCID, Inc. has announced the appointment of Chris Shillum as its new Executive Director. Shillum succeeds ORCID’s founding Executive Director, Dr. Laurel Haak, who left the organisation in June to direct her energy and skills to establishing her company, Mighty Red Barn. ORCID selected Shillum after an extensive global search led by Perrett Laver and a team of ORCID Board members. ORCID Board Chair Linda O’Brien coordinated the search.

Shillum brings to ORCID more than 25 years experience as a digital product management leader and technology strategist in scholarly communications and STM Publishing, with unique experience working on market-leading online information and analytics products. He served on the ORCID Board in its formative years, helping to steer the organisation through its critical start-up phase and set it on its successful trajectory. He is respected as a thought leader in scholarly communications and has been instrumental in launching many collaborative infrastructure initiatives, including most recently SeamlessAccess and GetFTR—both focused on improving access to scholarly information resources.

With its launch in 2012 of unique, persistent person-identifiers and open tools that enable transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, their contributions, and affiliations, ORCID embarked on a remarkable journey that led to the non-profit’s establishment as an indispensable component of the international research ecosystem.

ORCID anticipates that Shillum will leverage his deep expertise leading strategic partnerships and community-wide innovation to ensure ORCID continues as an infrastructure service that catalyses and enables innovation across a broad spectrum of stakeholder groups.

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