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Mike Walsh is CEO of the global legal business of LexisNexis.
Prior to his current role, Mike was President and CEO of the LexisNexis U.S. Legal Markets business. He lead the transformation of the business from a provider of legal research to a solutions partner – helping law firms, corporations and governments better manage their businesses. Mike joined LexisNexis in 2003 as Senior Vice President, Global Strategy and Business Development, where he helped oversee significant expansion into the LexisNexis® Risk Management sector.
Prior to joining LexisNexis, Mike was Director of Strategic Business Development at Home Depot. Earlier in his career, he was a practicing attorney with Weil, Gotshal and Manges in Washington D.C., spent time at General Electric, and served as a strategic management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. He also co-founded Infirmation.com, the third-highest traffic generating online portal for lawyers at the time, and oversaw the company’s merger with Findlaw and then Thomson.
Mike earned his JD from Harvard Law School and received his BA from Yale University. He grew up in Colorado and now resides in Larchmont, New York, with his wife Sheila and their two children, Sophie and Deven.
Mark Kelsey is Chief Executive Officer for the risk solutions business of LexisNexis®, a leading provider of essential information that helps customers across all industries and government predict, assess and manage risk. Appointed to this position in December 2012, he is responsible for driving revenue and merging market needs with cutting-edge technology, unique data and advanced scoring analytics.
Kelsey is also Chief Executive Officer for Reed Business Information (RBI). In this role, as well as his previous role as Chief Operating Officer, he has led the company's transformation from traditional publisher to a provider of data and marketing solutions, as well as online community and job sites, magazines and business leads.
His career with Reed Business Information has spanned 28 years. He started his career in Marketing and was appointed to the Board in 1992 as Managing Director of Estates Gazette.
Both LexisNexis Risk Solutions and Reed Business Information are part of Reed Elsevier, a leading publisher and information provider.
Shawn Clark is the CEO, Asia, for the legal business of LexisNexis. He is responsible for developing strategies to expand the adoption of online information-based products and services, including litigation and practice management solutions that further the company’s strong growth in the region.
Mr. Clark has been with LexisNexis for more than 20 years and has held various leadership roles in both the U.S. and Asia, including editorial, product management and acquisition integration. Most recently, Mr. Clark served as Managing Director, Asia, with prior regional roles as Director, Strategy and Marketing for the Asia business and Director of Business Development and Strategy, Asia Pacific, starting in 2007.
Prior to that, Mr. Clark held roles in the U.S. Legal Markets, where he led strategy and business development for Client Development and was also responsible for product management, editorial development, and acquisition planning and integration.
Mr. Clark studied Economics at Rutgers University and received his Masters of Business Administration from New York University.
Mr. Clark is based in Singapore and reports directly to Mike Walsh, the Chief Executive Officer for the legal business. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, catching up on American football, photography and travelling.
Bill Madison is Chief Executive Officer, Insurance, for the risk solutions business of LexisNexis, a position he has held since October 2006. Madison is currently responsible for all insurance transactional business including solutions for underwriting, claims, analytics, and international markets; as well as pursuing new market initiatives in life, telematics, auto rental.
Madison has played a key role in the integration of data services into multiple channels, and in transforming Insurance Data Solutions from being a data provider to providing a holistic approach to risk analysis, underwriting, and claims processing that includes process enhancement. These innovative solutions have helped insurance carriers achieve significant improvements in performance.
Madison joined the organization in 1989 as part Equifax’s acquisition of Innovative Research, Inc., where he was a member of the leadership team that developed several products that revolutionized auto insurance underwriting. When the Insurance Services team was spun off from Equifax to create ChoicePoint, he was instrumental in transitioning the organization into a standalone unit.
During his tenure, Madison has served in a variety of roles including customer sales representative in the Personal Lines (Auto and Home) market, then later as Vice President of Sales for the Insurance Data Services division where he was responsible for the National Accounts Program, in addition to all ChoicePoint data sales activity.
Madison earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Economics from Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia. He lives in the Atlanta area with his family.
Rick Trainor is Chief Executive Officer, Business Services and Content for the risk solutions business of LexisNexis®. Named to this position in July of 2009, Trainor directs the unit's strategy, market and product direction, and manages the sales and vertical marketing teams for the business unit's banking, receivables management and corporate/emerging markets. In addition he manages the company's content acquisition, bulk content fabrication, sales and licensing, along with managing our two specialty businesses: VitalChek and Signature Information Solutions.
Previously, Trainor served as Senior Vice President of Content and Data Services. In that capacity, Trainor was responsible for all content acquisition, along with bulk content fabrication, sales and licensing.
Prior to joining LexisNexis, Trainor was Vice President of Content for Seisint, a privately owned Boca based company, which was acquired by LexisNexis in 2004. In this position, he was responsible for all content acquisition. Prior to 2001, Trainor served as Vice President of Contracts and Program Management for Diveo Broadband Networks, where he managed significant vendor financing agreements and the contract management aspects of building out world-class data centers and fixed wireless networks across Latin America.
Trainor serves on the Board of Directors for Zoo Atlanta. He earned his BS in Accounting and MS in Finance from Boston College.
Bob Romeo joined LexisNexis in December 2008 and is responsible for the Research and Litigation Solutions organization of LexisNexis in the U.S., serving the information and workflow needs of professionals in legal, government and corporate markets. Legal and information professionals rely on expansive LexisNexis® content and tools when researching case law, developing a litigation strategy, planning depositions as well as researching companies and individuals and tracking and analyzing news events. Major lines of business include Litigation Solutions, Practice Area Solutions and Business Insight Solutions as well as flagship Research Solutions.
Prior to joining LexisNexis, Mr. Romeo was with the Thomson Reuters Corporation for over 19 years, where he held various positions including Chief Financial Officer of Thomson Legal & Regulatory and most recently served as Senior Vice President of Operations of The Thomson Corporation. Other prior experience includes senior roles at several business-to-business information providers serving the legal, tax and accounting markets.
Mr. Romeo is a graduate of Iona College, New Rochelle, NY with a B.B.A., Accounting. His affiliations include, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Romeo resides in St. Paul, MN with his wife, Carol and three children.
Lee Rivas is Chief Executive Officer, Public Sector and Health Care, for the risk solutions business of LexisNexis®. Named to these positions in 2013, Lee is responsible for driving revenue and merging market needs with technology solutions. In addition he manages U.S. and International Operations, which include Customer Service, Compliance and Regulatory support and Consumer Advocacy.
Previously, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager for the screening business of LexisNexis. He led a transformation of the screening business leading to the successful divestiture of the business. He has held also several other leadership roles at LexisNexis in Product, Sales, and Strategy.
Prior to joining LexisNexis, Lee spent three years at the strategy consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he was an Engagement Manager specializing in strategy, marketing, and sales force improvement for Fortune 500 companies. Previous to McKinsey, Lee spent five years in the U.S. Army where he served in a variety of operational roles including M1A2 tank platoon leader and M3A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle Reconnaissance platoon leader. He was stationed at various U.S. locations and in the Middle East where he participated in operations in Kuwait.
Lee serves on the Board of Directors for the Children's Museum of Atlanta. Lee graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in Political Science where he was a member of the academic honor society Phi Kappa Phi. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Judy Vezmar is the Chief Executive Officer, International for the legal business of LexisNexis.
Ms. Vezmar is responsible for LexisNexis business units in the United Kingdom, continental Europe, Canada, Africa, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. LexisNexis encompasses authoritative legal-publishing brands dating back to the 19th century including; Butterworths® in the United Kingdom, Canada, the Pacific region, Les Editions du Juris Classeur in France, and Martindale-Hubbell® worldwide. Judy is based in London.
Ms. Vezmar joined LexisNexis from Xerox Corporation where she held various roles including senior vice president & general manager of Financial Services Industry, Xerox Europe. Ms. Vezmar and her team developed and implemented a highly successful strategy to provide industry-focused, full-service solutions to the European financial services industry. Previously, she held various senior positions in the U.S., including VPGM, head of strategy and planning and various marketing and sales leadership roles.
Ms. Vezmar holds an MBA from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science degree in business and marketing from Marian College, Butler University.
Haywood "Woody" Talcove is Chief Executive Officer, Government and LexisNexis Special Services Inc., for the risk solutions business of LexisNexis®. In this role, he is responsible for all sales, market planning and product management for government for LexisNexis. Talcove also oversees all operations for LexisNexis Special Services Inc. (LNSSI), a separate subsidiary. A recognized expert in the Government IT space, Talcove joined LexisNexis in 2008, bringing a customer-centric focus to LNSSI's operations.
Previously, Talcove served as Vice President of Public Sector Americas for Juniper Networks, where he spearheaded federal (civilian, intelligence, and defense) state and local, and education sales for the company, and supported the networking and security needs of government through Juniper's broad range of high performance technology solutions. Earlier in his career, Talcove served in several positions at Cabletron Systems.
Talcove is a sought-after source for trend analysis by media and industry event organizers, and serves on the Board of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.
Talcove earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in public administration from the University of Maine.
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
LexisNexis Legal & Professional
Jeff Reihl is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the global legal business of LexisNexis. In this capacity, Mr. Reihl is responsible for global technology strategy, bringing together the company’s applications, product platforms and business systems to deliver LexisNexis world-class content to its customers in innovative ways. As CTO, Mr. Reihl also leverages the company’s cutting-edge technology and deep customer insight to help legal professionals work more effectively and efficiently and achieve better outcomes for their businesses and clients. Prior to his current role, Mr. Reihl led the New Lexis Technology and Operations team, Global Solutions Development, and before that, Editorial & Content Development for LexisNexis.
Before joining LexisNexis in 2007, Mr. Reihl held multiple executive leadership roles at Thomson Corporation in both P&L and staff functions, including Chief Information Officer of Thomson Healthcare and Executive Vice President of Thomson Clinical Solutions and Thomson Micromedex. Prior to that, Mr. Reihl was VP, Product and Systems Development at ProQuest and also served as a Principle Engineer and Software Manager at Hughes Network Systems.
Mr. Reihl holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Central Michigan University and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.
Outside of work, Mr. Reihl enjoys skiing, golfing, hiking, biking and spending time with his wife, 20-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son.
Harry Jordan is Senior Vice President and General Manager, Health Care for the risk solutions business of LexisNexis. He directs the Health Care business, offering capabilities in Health Management, Predictive Claims Fraud Analytics and Health Information Exchanges.
Jordan joined LexisNexis in 2004 as Vice President, Strategy; then in 2007 he transitioned to Vice President, Government solutions. Since joining LexisNexis, he has led several acquisition due diligence efforts including the $775M Seisint and the $4.1B ChoicePoint acquisitions. He also led various critical initiatives for the business such as coordinating the response and remediation to the 2005 LexisNexis data fraudulent incident.
Prior to joining LexisNexis, Jordan served as a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and Perot Systems. He ran the Financial Services business unit of the IT infrastructure consulting firm Greenwich Technology Partners. Jordan has also been an IT consultant with Cambridge Technology Partners (now part of Novell) and began his career with Price Waterhouse as a consultant.
Jordan holds a BA in Economics from Yale University and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Executive Vice President, Operations
LexisNexis Legal & Professional
Alex Watson is Executive Vice President, Operations for the global legal business of LexisNexis. In this role, Mr. Watson is responsible for editorial, content operations, customer service and support, global licensing, manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution. Mr. Watson is also the site leader for the Dayton campus facility, the largest LexisNexis and Reed Elsevier location globally.
Most recently, Mr. Watson was a Senior Vice President, leading editorial, content operations, manufacturing, distribution, and shared services, primarily in support of the Research and Litigation Solutions and Marketing and Business Solutions organizations in U.S. Before that, he held the role of SVP, Strategy for Global Operations.
Mr. Watson joined LexisNexis from another Reed Elsevier division, Harcourt Education. As SVP, Global Operations at Harcourt, he was responsible for establishing the company’s global operations organization. He also led editorial, production, customer service and support, warehousing and distribution as well as the technology group that developed Harcourt’s online education platform and products. Mr. Watson first joined Reed Elsevier in 2001 as Director of U.S. Book Production for Elsevier, and he went on to serve as Vice President, Global Book Production, where he was responsible for the creation of Elsevier’s industry leading health sciences products, including online, print and e-learning.
Prior to joining Reed Elsevier, Mr. Watson worked in small businesses providing editorial services and publishing software in Scotland and at Churchill Livingstone, the U.K.’s leading health sciences publisher.
Mr. Watson graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a master’s degree in English Language & Literature.
Mr. Watson lives in Springboro, Ohio with his wife Ulrika, children Rebecca and Christopher, and his grandson, David.
Vijay Raghavan is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the risk solutions business of LexisNexis®. In this position, he is responsible for technology development, R&D, information systems, security and operations. A 25-year information technology veteran, Raghavan has deep expertise in the management of complex technology functions, with oversight of full software development lifecycle and support functions for sophisticated, high-availability applications and “Big Data” supercomputing platforms.
Previously, Raghavan served as Vice President, Insurance Technology, LexisNexis, where he was responsible for all aspects of application development and maintenance of the core insurance applications.
Prior to joining LexisNexis, Raghavan held senior executive positions at Paragon Solutions, where he was Chief Technology Officer; and at McKesson, a Fortune 15 company, where he was Vice President, Product Development within the Imaging Solutions Group.
Raghavan holds a B.E. in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science and is currently enrolled in an Executive Education Program in strategy and innovation at MIT's Sloan School of Management.
Andrew Matuch is the Interim Head of Strategy for the global legal business of LexisNexis.
Mr. Matuch joined LexisNexis Legal & Professional in May 2012. He is responsible for developing the overall long-term strategic plan for the global Legal & Professional business and supporting each of the business units in the development of their respective strategies. His focus is on enhancing customer value, building competitive differentiation, expanding into new areas through organic investment and acquisitions, and driving revenue and profit growth.
Prior to this role, Mr. Matuch served as partner and co-head of the Technology, Media and Telecom Practice at OC&C Strategy Consultants, where the majority of his clients were in the information, software and services industries. His casework covered a broad range of strategic issues including growth strategy development, M&A advisory, competitive analysis, comprehensive cost reduction, customer segmentation, sales and marketing optimization, and pricing.
Mr. Matuch has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Williams College, where he graduated with Honors in Mathematics. He resides in Boston with his wife and their two children.
Rebecca (Becky) Schmitt is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the risk solutions business of LexisNexis®. In this role, she is responsible for leading the finance function, including planning and analysis, financial reporting and various accounting functions. The finance team is focused on providing analysis and recommendations that support the decision making of the business to drive profitable growth.
Previously, Schmitt spent twenty years with various divisions of Sara Lee Corporation. Her most recent role was Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Sara Lee Branded Foods, a $1 billion division that included the Sara Lee Bakery portfolio. Other roles crossed a variety of financial disciplines, including integration of several acquisitions, planning and analysis, general accounting, accounts receivable and supply chain finance.
Schmitt serves on the Board of Directors for Hands on Atlanta. She also holds a certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation and earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from Hanover College, and an MBA from Northern Illinois University.
Ian McDougall is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for global legal business of LexisNexis.
Mr. McDougall joined LexisNexis in 2004 as Vice President and Legal Director for LexisNexis International (LNI), where he oversaw the legal function for the group, including Regulatory Compliance, Commercial Agreements, IT, Intellectual Property and Litigation. Mr. McDougall was also involved in business strategy, acquisitions and general business planning. At LexisNexis, Mr. McDougall has stepped into varying roles, including Interim HR Director for LNI and Interim Managing Director for LexisNexis New Zealand. In addition, he led the LexisNexis implementation of the U.K. Bribery Act compliance and created the first broad regulatory compliance review.
Before joining LexisNexis, he led Legal, HR and Facilities Management at Telco Global Ltd., previously one of the largest U.K. independent telecom providers. Mr. McDougall also acted as Chief European Counsel and Group Company Secretary for Hughes Electronics, a former subsidiary of General Motors Corp. Prior to that, Mr. McDougall served in various legal leadership roles for a number of technology and finance organizations; he also has extensive private practice experience.
A proponent of advancing the rule of law, Mr. McDougall acts as a Board Director and Trustee for U.K. charity Peaceful Place, which is dedicated to providing support to sufferers of early-onset dementia. He was also appointed as judge in the Barrister’s Disciplinary Tribunal and is a broadcast cricket commentator in association with the Royal National Institute for the Blind. Mr. McDougall is based in New York.
Lisa Agona is Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for the risk solutions business of LexisNexis®. In this role, Agona leads the development and implementation of marketing strategies that drive revenue growth, elevate the brand and represent the voice of the customer.
Joining LexisNexis in 2007, Agona spearheaded the communication strategy for the $4 billion 2008 acquisition of ChoicePoint, and in 2009 led a year-long company-wide rebranding effort as ChoicePoint was integrated into LexisNexis.
Previously, Agona was global marketing director for Accenture’s capital markets group. She also held the role of Vice President with Republic National Bank of New York (now HSBC) where she co-lead the development of one of the early online banks. Agona's areas of expertise traverse business-to-business and business-to-consumer markets, and include marketing strategy, branding, product management, direct marketing, and corporate in-house venturing.
Agona serves on the Board of Directors for the Junior Achievement of Georgia. She holds a BA in economics from West Virginia University and an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.
Carolyn Ullerick is the Global Chief Financial Officer for the legal business of LexisNexis. Ms. Ullerick joined LexisNexis in 2000. She has successfully focused on revenue and profit drivers to ensure delivery of the company’s goals. Ms. Ullerick pushes the boundaries of the traditional CFO role, involving herself in strategy, operations, systems, people issues, and more.
Ms. Ullerick is also the company’s "Chief M&A Officer," helping to target and vet numerous acquisitions and to extend the company’s lead in legal, corporate, government, tax, and academic solutions. In this capacity, she plays a pivotal role in the development and execution of the company’s strategy through early portfolio analysis, market attractiveness assessments, and investment and acquisition strategies.
Ms. Ullerick brings to wide-ranging experience from a number of industries including publishing, media, technology, and packaged goods. She joined LexisNexis from Hostess Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo, where she was CFO of the Canadian operations. In her capacity there, Ms. Ullerick was instrumental in restructuring product pricing and sizing, as well as the delivery trade spend, and affecting an increase in productivity to create 20 percent compounded annual growth.
Prior to PepsiCo, Ms. Ullerick was VP of Finance for the Southam Newspaper Group in Toronto where she provided financial guidance to the CEO and CFO. Among other highlights, she implemented a successful three-year strategic planning process, with a heavy emphasis on growth strategies, and a corresponding effort to streamline non-core activities.
Before joining Southam Newspaper Group, Ms. Ullerick held increasingly senior financial positions with the Wireless Group of Northern Telecom, Corporate Audit and FP&A for the London Free press, a division of The Blackburn Media Group, and Internal Audit for Scott’s Hospitality.
Ms. Ullerick received a BA in Finance from the University of Western Ontario, Canada’s premier Business School. She also holds a CMA in accounting.
Scott Sessler is Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development for the risk solutions business of LexisNexis®. In this role, he is responsible for strategic planning, acquisitions, strategic business development projects and competitive intelligence.
Sessler's involvement with this business unit began in 2000 as a member of the team responsible for the acquisition of RiskWise International, which ultimately led to the establishment of the LexisNexis risk-focused business. He joined the Risk business in 2001, with responsibility for strategic planning, business development and competitive intelligence. Sessler has been an active participant in large-scale acquisitions including RiskWise, Dolan, Seisint and ChoicePoint, which have grown the business from $46 million in 2000 to $1.4 billion in revenues, and has also been a key driver in the divestments of several non-core businesses. He has also served as Venture Associate to the Reed Elsevier Ventures Fund.
Prior to Sessler's role in LexisNexis, he led the Strategic Marketing function within the Nexis organization. He joined LexisNexis in 1986 as a senior business analyst, and has held a variety of positions in strategy, business development and finance.
Sessler earned his BBA in Finance and Accounting at the University of Cincinnati, and his MBA from The Ohio State University. He is also a certified public accountant (inactive) in Ohio, and serves on the Strategic Communications committee of TechnologyFirst, a nonprofit trade association based in Dayton, Ohio.
Global Executive Vice President, Human Resources
LexisNexis Legal & Professional
As Global Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Doreen Tyburski oversees all HR activities for the legal business of LexisNexis, which employs 10,000 people serving customers in more than 100 countries. Her 30-year career in the insurance, financial services and technology industries gives Ms. Tyburski extensive experience in human resources and organizational development.
Joining LexisNexis in 2011, Ms. Tyburski previously was Executive Vice President, Human Resources, for enterprise financial software company Misys Plc., where she was involved in the company’s acquisition of healthcare software provider Allscripts. She specifically worked to engage employees to strengthen the organization’s commitment to customers and shareholders, building trust in leadership with an eye on employee development.
Prior to Misys, Ms. Tyburski held senior HR positions with various professional services companies, including Somerset Hills Bank, GAB Business Services Inc. and Continental Insurance Company (now CNA). Additionally, she spent several years as president and CEO of Renaissance Inc., the largest independent trust administrator in the U.S., where she led the company to return to profitability.
Ms. Tyburski was a trustee for National University, La Jolla, CA from 2004 to 2008 and currently acts as an advisor to a privately held small company.
Ms. Tyburski is based in New York. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, Ind.
Donald Welsko is Senior Vice President, Human Resources for the risk solutions business of LexisNexis®. Welsko joined LexisNexis in 2008, during Reed Elsevier's acquisition of ChoicePoint, commencing an integration that nearly quintupled the size of the business unit.
With more than twenty years of operating and executive human resources experience, Welsko has held positions with PepsiCo (Frito Lay), General Electric (GE Capital), Sears, The Limited, and Philips Electronics. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Georgia State Chamber of Commerce and the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, and was previously a board member for the Georgia Special Olympics, the HR Leadership Forum and SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise).
Welsko holds a BS degree in Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University, an MBA from Jacksonville University, and the SPHR designation from the Human Resource Certification Institute.
Sam Hardman is the President of Reed Technology and Information Services Inc., a content management solutions business unit of LexisNexis Legal & Professional. Serving in this role for the past 11 years, Mr. Hardman oversees all components of the Reed Technology business, including the Intellectual Property, Life Sciences and Web Archiving business segments.
Mr. Hardman’s career in the information industry and with the company spans almost 25 years. Prior to his current role, he worked in various positions within Reed Technology, ranging from technical writing, product management and quality control to operations and executive management. He has significant experience in operational management roles, including expertise in data capture and information life cycle management.
In 2004, Mr. Hardman led Reed Technology to the largest contract win in the company’s nearly 50-year history—a data capture contract with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office valued at nearly $1 billion. He has also led the Reed Technology expansion into the Life Sciences information management market, where the company now serves more than 550 customers, including many of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies.
Before entering the information industry, Mr. Hardman spent seven years teaching graduate and undergraduate classes in linguistics. He holds a Master’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Outside of work, Mr. Hardman enjoys hiking, gardening, music, reading and spending time with his family.
Meredith Sidewater is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the risk solutions business of LexisNexis®. In this role, she is responsible for all legal, compliance and regulatory matters.
Prior to assuming this role, Meredith served as Vice President and Lead Counsel for the Insurance business of LexisNexis, continuing in a similar role she had held since 1999 at ChoicePoint Inc., prior to its acquisition by Reed Elsevier in 2008.
A board member of the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross, Meredith is also active with the Bright Pink organization as a PinkPal, serving as a one-on-one supportive resource for young women at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer.
Meredith holds a BA in history from the University of Michigan, and earned her law degree at the University of Georgia School of Law. Meredith lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children.
Rudy Wedenoja is senior vice president of Reed Elsevier Technology Services (RETS), a shared services organization providing IT infrastructure for Reed Elsevier. RETS manages three global data centers in the U.S. and U.K. and 30 hosting sites for LexisNexis and Elsevier products, including lexis.com®, Lexis Advance™ and Science Direct. RETS also manages the Reed Elsevier global network, IT security and compliance, the personal computing environment, cloud computing, disaster recovery, business continuity management, telephony and multimedia services and IT service management.
Mr. Wedenoja has more than 30 years of experience in IT management. Prior to joining Reed Elsevier, he was the global IT operations executive for General Motors in Detroit. Before that, he held positions supporting finance and global procurement systems at GM and various positions at IBM, including marketing, technical support, application development and software package implementation services.
Mr. Wedenoja focuses on the following areas: assure product reliability; expand global hosting and support services; leverage internal and external cloud technologies; unify voice, video and data communications across the Reed Elsevier global enterprise; strengthen IT security; implement Reed Elsevier-wide business continuity management; and improve the Reed Elsevier personal computing platform.
Mr. Wedenoja earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan. Mr. Wedenoja is based in Dayton, Ohio. He and his wife, Robin, have three adult daughters.
Debbie Atwell is Vice President, Public Records for the risk solutions business of LexisNexis®. In this position, Atwell is responsible for managing the business between the risk and legal business units. This includes leveraging existing solutions and identifying new opportunities that would apply across these two business units.
Prior to joining the risk solutions business, Atwell worked in the legal business in a variety of sales capacities, most recently leading the team who managed the Top 20 Customers for U.S. Legal Markets. She is a ten-time winner of the company's Circle of Excellence sales award, and has been with LexisNexis for 16 years.
Atwell earned her bachelor's degree in Finance from Baldwin Wallace College and graduated Magna Cum Laude, and attended business school at John Carroll University in Cleveland.