April 24, 2018

Jane Burke Quits Endeavor, Elsevier’s Roland Dietz Takes Helm

By LJ Staff

Endeavor Information Systems is ending 2002 with a leadership change. The company announced December 26 that President and CEO Jane Burke would resign at year’s end and be succeeded by Roland Dietz, managing director of Global Sales and Marketing for the Science and Technology division of the vendor’s parent company, Elsevier. Burke has been a key player in the library automation field for more than a decade and is one of the very few women holding top executive posts. She was one of Endeavor’s founders, bringing the company into the market in 1995 along with numerous former employees of NOTIS Systems, which Burke headed for seven years before that company was acquired by Dynix and morphed into what is now epixtech. Burke started her career in automation at CLSI in 1974 after earning her MLS and working in public libraries. In announcing her decision, Burke said “library automation is changing so quickly that I really feel that Endeavor needs a fresh view of how to utilize all of the combined Endeavor and
Elsevier strengths to our customers’ best advantage.” Endeavor was acquired by Elsevier in April 2000. Dietz has Through his post at Elsevier, Dietz has interacted with libraries for the last decade.