Roland Dietz heads Focused Connections Partners, a consultancy, interim management and investment company in the information industry, with 25 years of experience architecting, building and operating high-growth businesses in various segments of the information industry, and in diverse international markets.
Having held Chief Executive, CCO and senior management positions at Reed Elsevier (Elsevier Science), in New York and Endeavor Information Systems in Chicago, Roland has a commercial background in publishing, internet products and services, and enterprise software and Software-as-a-service / Cloud based business models. At Reed Elsevier he architected and executed the transition from print to digital media distribution through ScienceDirect. Under his leadership the global roll-out of the platform generated a $750m digital licensing business.
He has negotiated with the governments of Japan, China, Brazil and New Zealand in the areas of e-learning and e-research, and his team built the first infrastructure for delivery of digital information in a range of premier research and education facilities around the world.
Roland has addressed many international conferences including the UNESCO conference in Tokyo, the serials eco-system conference in Canada, the AAP-PSP conference in Washington. He has conducted workshops on how to do business in a variety of international markets for trade associations and universities and has written and co-authored articles on key topics in the information industry.
Roland holds a MSc. from Delft University of Technology in Computer Science (artificial intelligence) and has completed his candidate's work at Delft University in bio-medical engineering.