Board of Directors

YoungSuk 'YS' Chi

YoungSuk ‘YS’ Chi

YoungSuk ‘YS’ Chi is an international businessman and a leader in the media and technology industry, and currently serves Elsevier and RELX Group in several different capacities. In his primary role as head of Corporate Affairs for RELX Group, he is responsible for government affairs, corporate communications, corporate responsibility, and Asia strategy for Elsevier’s parent company. As non-executive Chairman of Elsevier, he works directly with governments, Elsevier customers and in industry associations worldwide. Mr. Chi also serves as President of the International Publishers Association, a global organization that represents the interests of more than 50 publishing industry association members from countries around the world.

Early in his career, as Chief Operating Officer of Ingram Book Group, Mr. Chi founded Lightning Source, the first ever print-on-demand distributor and e-book services provider. After holding several senior executive positions at Ingram Book Group’s parent company, he became President and Chief Operating Officer of Random House. Mr. Chi has also earned widespread respect for his ability to work across cultures. As founding Chairman of Random House Asia, he led efforts to make Random House the first foreign trade book publisher with local language publishing in Japan and Korea.
Mr. Chi has served on numerous charitable, educational and industry boards, including Princeton University, Korean American Community Foundation and McCarter Theatre. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the boards of Association of American Publishers and International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers.

Dr Emilie Marcus

Dr Emilie Marcus

Dr. Emilie Marcus is CEO of Cell Press and Editor-in-Chief of Cell. Emilie has been a major contributor to debates on issues facing scientific publishing. She has served as a panellist on open debates about alternative publishing models at Harvard and Brandeis Universities and on the publishing ethics panel at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Council of Science Editors. She also is frequently asked to give talks at universities on the editorial process. She championed a new policy, launched in 2005, to make all content in the Cell Press journals – back to 1995 – freely available online 12 months after publication.

Emilie is responsible for identifying and promoting new scientific and technological trends that will shape the future of scientific research. Under her editorship, Cell launched a new section called Leading Edge which expands the realm of content in the journal beyond primary research results to include dynamic and interactive commentaries, opinions and debates on global issues and policies that directly affect scientific research. Prior to joining Cell, Emilie had a successful graduate and postdoctoral research career, first at Yale University, where she received her PhD in Biology/Neuroscience in 1993, and then at the Salk Institute and University of California at San Diego. Emilie was also Editor of Neuron from 1998 to 2003.

Emilie has also contributed to debate around the value and robustness of the peer-review process, handling potential conflicts of interest for authors, reviewers and editors, scientific misconduct and data manipulation, the impact of new information technologies (blogs, wikis and data and text-mining capabilities), new publishing business models, and the uses and abuses of the impact factor as a measure of journal quality. Read more about Emilie in the March 2013 issue of Elsevier Connect, CEO: Is the Gender Gap a Gender Issue?.


Ken Thompson II

Kenneth R. Thompson II

Legal council

Kenneth R. Thompson II was appointed as RELX Group General Counsel on October 1, 2011. In his role, he has global responsibility for the intellectual property, privacy, governance, compliance and securities law functions for RELX Group. Prior to serving in this capacity, Mr. Thompson served as the Executive Vice President and Global Chief Legal Officer for LexisNexis, an operating division of RELX Group.

During his tenure as LexisNexis Global Chief Legal Officer, Mr. Thompson transformed the Legal Department into a global legal services organization, trusted by leadership and deeply embedded in the company’s day-to-day operations. The Global Legal Department under his leadership emphasized the big picture – including a business perspective, the establishment of a corporate pro bono program, professional leadership and commitment to the rule of law and anti-human trafficking. In 2001, Mr. Thompson joined LexisNexis as a partner from a Cincinnati law firm.

Mr. Thompson has a B.A. degree from Capital University and a JD from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He is also active in the IBA, the ABA and other professional organizations. Mr. Thompson is currently the Co-Chair of the IBA Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and a member of the Advisory Board for Corporate Pro Bono.

Maria Markova