Karthik Krishnan

The Encyclopaedia Britannica Group Dec. 12 announced that Karthik Krishnan was named its new global chief executive officer. (photo provided)

The Encyclopaedia Britannica Group Dec. 12 announced that Indian American Karthik Krishnan will serve as its new global chief executive officer.

“I'm excited to be part of Team Britannica because the brands underpinned by their strong missions have the potential to change the face of the knowledge and education industries globally,” said Krishnan. “Given the global push to transform education and the eroding public trust in the quality and veracity of information on the Internet, the time is now for Team Britannica to join forces with consumers and public and private entities to make a positive difference.”

Krishnan previously served for more than a decade at RELX in various leadership roles, driving business and cultural transformations and accelerating growth, according to a news release.

He most recently was senior vice president and general manager of clinical reference solutions. His other positions within RELX included senior vice president and general manager of global pharma and e-commerce and vice president of interactive media.

Before that, Krishnan served close to a decade as a digital transformation consultant at Rodale, publisher of healthy active living magazines and books, where he charted its digital journey by launching award-winning websites, developing e-commerce channels and forging business partnerships, which included Microsoft and AOL, the news release said.

Krishnan was recognized by former President Bill Clinton for his leadership in launching the Urban Enterprise Initiative.

The Indian American currently serves on the board of Urban Upbound, a nonprofit focused on transforming the lives of people in public housing.

“We're delighted to appoint such a passionate and experienced executive of Karthik's caliber,” said Jaqui E. Safra, Britannica chairman in a statement. “Karthik's keen interest in education, including lifelong learning, his passion for our brands, his record of exceptional business and people leadership, and his singular focus on customers make him uniquely qualified to serve as our CEO, meeting the needs of our customers globally in exciting and engaging ways.”

Krishnan, who earned an M.B.A. from New York University and a bachelor’s from Bharathiar University in India, is currently an adjunct professor at New York University's Stern School of Business.

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