February 17, 2018

Ron Shank Named VP/Group Publisher of Reed Business Publishing Group

By LJ Staff

Ron Shank has been named vice president, group publisher of Reed Business Information’s Publishing Group, which includes Library Journal, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Críticas. Shank, a 25-year publishing veteran, has spent 19 years with SLJ and LJ, most recently as publisher.

With his new title, he adds Publishers Weekly to his portfolio. “Publishers Weekly is nearly as renowned and well-read in libraries as Library Journal and School Library Journal,” Shank says. “I’m excited to begin work with the PW staff and address the challenges ahead in this complicated print-to-online transitional era. The three publications form a natural grouping for our market partners and share a great deal of news in common.” 

As publisher, associate publisher, and ad sales director for LJ, SLJ, and Críticas, Shank helped launch the successful Curriculum Connections, Library by Design, and Movers & Shakers supplements, as well as companion events such as the LJ Design Institute.

Shank also had a leading role in the rapid expansion of the library franchise’s online business, says Tad Smith, the CEO of parent company Reed Business Information. Shank is an alumnus of Southern Illinois University, where he majored in journalism and marketing.