Global publishing company John Wiley & Sons has announced the death earlier this month of board member William (Bill) Pence.

Pence joined Wiley’s board in 2016, bringing more than 25 years of leadership experience, and having previously worked in leading roles spanning technology, healthcare and media at organisations including AOL, WebMD, Napster, Universal Music Group, and IBM.

He was a PhD, committed to education and lifelong learning, for himself and the broader community. He taught English as a second language at Neighbor’s Link in Mount Kisco, New York, and went on humanitarian trips to the Dominican Republic with Bridges to Community. At the time of his death, Pence was chair of a Cornell University College of Engineering advisory board, an alumni advisor for the University of Virginia Department of Media Studies, and a member of the board of the Bedford Historical Society.

Jesse C. Wiley, chairman of John Wiley & Sons, said: “Bill was a trusted advisor and a champion of transformation, from culture to tech-driven innovation, never one to shy away from disruptive ideas that would help us move forward. His care, expertise, wisdom, insight, passion and presence will be greatly missed in and outside our board. Bill was an all-around great human being. On behalf of the Wiley family, the board of directors and all Wiley colleagues, we extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Maria and their two children during this very difficult time.”

Date published: 29 September 2020

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