OCLC’s Cathy De Rosa, Vice President for the Americas, has confirmed to LJ the details of a message just sent by OCLC Board of Trustees Chair Larry Alford announcing that former Dynix executive Jack Blount will not take over as CEO and President of the library cooperative as previously announced.
Instead, the short message indicated that current President and CEO Jay Jordan would postpone his retirement to continue on in his current role.
From Alford’s message:
The OCLC Board of Trustees has concluded that rather than moving forward with the appointment of Jack B. Blount as its President and CEO, it is in the best interest of OCLC to have Jay Jordan continue serving in these capacities. Mr. Jordan has agreed to postpone his retirement to continue leading OCLC.
Blount was slated to take over on July 1; no reason was given for the sudden reversal just 12 days after the initial appointment was announced.