FordDirect Enhances Legal Team With Promotion of Beth Hill: FordDirect, a joint venture between Ford Motor Co. and its franchise dealers, announces the appointment of their executive Beth Hill, interim general counsel and interim chief compliance officer. Hill’s automotive and technology experience spans more than a decade and focuses on how data is transforming the automotive experience and industry. At FordDirect, Hill is focused on developing the organization’s guidance and training for compliance and ethics, including data privacy, security and intellectual property. She is also leading the implementation of new organizational tools to streamline the commercial contracting process and assist with vendor management.
Prior to joining FordDirect in February 2013 as assistant general counsel, Hill was most recently senior counsel and privacy counsel for Chrysler Group LLC, where she provided legal support for operational groups such as connected vehicle, sales and marketing, information technology, dealer relations and vehicle brands. Hill also provided assistance to Chrysler in negotiating business agreements and partnerships for advertising and marketing agencies, vehicle product placements, digital and interactive services and intellectual property licensing. As Chrysler’s only privacy counsel, Beth provided legal advice and counsel on all aspects of privacy and data protection for the enterprise. Prior to joining Chrysler in 2001, Hill was in private practice in Birmingham, where she was a corporate associate focusing on transactions in the technology and e-commerce areas. Hill holds a bachelor of arts from New York University and a juris doctorate from Fordham University School of Law. FordDirect provides dealers new and pre-owned marketing services, call tracking, lead management solutions, dealer websites, search optimization and marketing, database marketing, marketing services for regional dealer advertising groups and other digital services. FordDirect is headquartered in Dearborn. More at http://dealercenter.forddirectdealers.com.
ProQuest Appoints John Law to Lead Enterprise Product Strategy: The Ann Arbor-based information and database publisher ProQuest has named John Law to the newly created position of vice president of enterprise product strategy. In this role, Law will lead initiatives that enable coordination among ProQuest’s business areas, leveraging the company’s breadth of expertise and assets to create product and service innovations. Credited with the invention of the Summon service, Law has spent the past five years guiding it from initial development through its most recent advances as vice president of discovery services at Serials Solutions. The Summon service’s genesis is in Law’s landmark “Student Research Behaviors Study,” which examined the discovery process and identified common barriers in access to library resources. The study provided critical information on the competitive advantages libraries hold, insights into how students choose databases, the most powerful influencers on those decisions and the environment in which students conduct research. Prior to leading Discovery Services, Law managed the ProQuest platform, with responsibility for strategic planning, user research and definition of new features. He played a key role in the creation and implementation of ProQuest® Smart Search, an advanced technology that has sustained a differentiated benefit, along with a variety of innovations supporting search and discovery. Law is a popular speaker on topics related to technology, user-centered design of applications, and product development, both from a library market perspective and in relation to new product management practices. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in technology management from Columbia University. ProQuest is celebrating the 75th anniversary of microfilm and the legacy of innovations that have supported researchers and librarians for more than a century. The launch of University Microfilms Inc. introduced a new era for libraries, enabling preservation and sharing of large document collections. To commemorate this pivotal milestone, the company created a comic book that tells the story in true superhero fashion of how microfilm became the gold standard for information preservation. Eugene B. Power and the Wild Beginnings of UMI is available in print and e-book format. The company’s cloud-based technologies for librarians, students and researchers include the ProQuest, Bowker, Dialog, ebrary, EBL and Serials Solutions businesses — and notable research tools such as the Summon discovery service, the RefWorks Flow collaboration platform, the Pivot research development tool and the Intota library services platform.