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23 September 2011
Casper Grathwohl has been appointed into a newly-created strategic role at Oxford University Press, it was announced today.
Grathwohl, who is currently Vice President of Reference and Digital Publishing within OUP’s Global Academic Division, will take up the position of Senior Vice President, Group Strategy, on 5 October.
Reporting to CEO Nigel Portwood, he will work at Group level and alongside OUP’s business units on a range of activities designed to address OUP’s strategic agenda.
Casper Grathwohl said: “I am hugely excited about the opportunities provided by this new position. I firmly believe that the focus this role brings to a range of important strategic issues will make a tangible difference to the Press’s future.”
CEO Nigel Portwood said: “Casper has a deep understanding of the Press’s activities, as well as an impressive track record of thought leadership and business development, particularly in digital publishing, which makes him ideal for this role.”
Grathwohl has worked at OUP for 14 years, initially as project editor for young adult books before taking up his current role of Vice President of Reference and Digital Publishing within the Global Academic Division in 2007.
This is Portwood’s second newly-created senior management role since arriving at OUP two years ago. It follows the appointment of Pam Sutherland as Chief Information Officer in November 2010, which is supporting the organization’s technology plans.
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