Appointment of new President of American Chemical Society's CAS Division, effective Sept. 30

12-Sep-2013 - USA

The American Chemical Society has appointed Manuel (Manny) Guzman to be the next president of CAS. Guzman will begin his appointment on Sept. 30. He succeeds Robert J. Massie, who has led CAS for  more than 21 years and who is retiring at the end of March 2014.

Prior to his appointment as CAS President, Guzman was Executive Vice President of Learning and Research Solutions and International at Cengage Learning, a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning, and research solutions for academic, professional, and library markets worldwide.  In this position, from 2010-2013, he managed a $2 billion product development operation, including strategy, editorial (product conception/acquisition), business development, and product and platform technology. He also managed international operations generating $300 million in annual revenues.

Guzman joined Thomson Corporation in 2003. He rose in Thomson to increasingly important positions. Between 2005 and 2007, he was Chief Financial Officer and President of Thomson Learning, Career & Professional Group. After it was sold to Cengage, he became Executive Vice President, Finance, Operations & International for the Academic and Professional Group. During his ten years at Thomson and Cengage, he developed and launched innovative learning solutions, acquired a number of units such as National Geographic School Publishing, and engaged in other alliances, acquisitions, and partnerships. 

At the outset of his career, Guzman earned a B.S. in accounting and an MBA in Finance from Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J. He rose quickly from a budget analyst at Crum and Foster Corporation, through Simon & Schuster/Prentice Hall to Macmillan Inc., where he was Vice President/Director, Finance and Administration for the College division of Macmillan.

In 1995, he co-founded and became CEO of Monument Information Resource/MIR Management Corporation in Princeton, N.J. This was a marketing research firm serving clients participating in the higher education market. Seven years later, he sold the business to Cambridge Information Group/RR Bowker.

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