Resume - James H Davidson

James Howard Davidson
29 Antoinette Boulevard, Eltham, VIC 3095, Australia
Tel. +61 3 9444 5070 (W); Skype: econtent1; Cell: 0414 591 914

Email: davidson@e-contentmanagement.com


Professional

February 2015 – February 2016 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LIFE ARTISTRY CENTRE:
Strategy, financial and legal compliance, product and systems development, website design/ implementation, sales channel development, relationship and online marketing to establish a new venture to adapt niche US vocational education concept for ANZ market delivery.
CEO & MANAGING DIRECTOR, ECONTENT MANAGEMENT PTY LTD:
Managed sale and transfer of 10 eContent journals, books to Routledge/ Taylor & Francis. Completion of due diligence, financial and taxation obligations; fiduciary duties.
February 2000 to January 2015 CEO & MANAGING DIRECTOR, ECONTENT MANAGEMENT PTY LTD:
Academic & professional publishing & consulting services in health sciences, management, education, sociology and counselling. Owner/ publisher of 10 academic journals and ca.100 books; publishers’ agent; editor/ scholarly society, copyright, author, aggregator, indexing services liaison; international conference representation; sales growth; financial risk/ growth management, staff training, online systems
October 2001 - September 2003 EAST ASIAN REGIONAL MANAGER, SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD:
Asian sales agency management for university texts, software and journals. Managing territory budget of A$3 million; o/s travel 4 months p.a. to North and South East Asian conferences, London and Frankfurt bookfairs
October 1997 to September 2001 ANZ REGIONAL DIRECTOR, SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD:
Product acquisition (journals, software, books), author and agency management for global social sciences publisher in university level markets. Managing ANZ agent, agent replacement, contract negotiation and development
November 1998 to November 2001 PUBLISHING CONSULTANT TO THOMSON LEGAL & REGULATORY GROUP (LBC):
Mentoring commercial law development staff in database, looseleaf and book acquisition, marketing in electronic and print media and portal development. Negotiation with key industry bodies
March 1997 to June 2000 PUBLISHING DIRECTOR, JOHN LIBBEY & CO.:
'Managing in' the sale and transfer to John Libbey & Co. of FT Law & Tax list from Pearson Professional, including business planning, sales representation and staff training, managing author and customer relationships; 25% owner.
January 1997 to June 2000 CALIBRE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR:
Asia Pacific publisher and owner of programme in innovation management, policy and research commercialisation, database building, email push marketing, web design; consulting to CSIRO (Manufesto'98), APEC Technomart III, Quotient.
January 1996 to February 1997 FT LAW & TAX PUBLISHER, PEARSON PROFESSIONAL, SYDNEY:
Executing acquisition strategies, budget A$1m p.a.; development of new business-to-business bulletins, conferences, texts, reissue of key backlist; inventory restructuring, product positioning, packaging and management.
May 1992 to December 1995 COLLEGE PUBLISHER, HARPER COLLINS, SYDNEY:
Tertiary educational publisher of texts, educational software and adaptations in business, engineering, life science, social science, psychology and stats; Member of HarperCollins Advanced Media committee; budget A$2m p.a.
October 1991 to April 1992 MANAGER, EDITORIAL, DESIGN AND PRODUCTION DIVISION, MCGRAW-HILL BOOK CO, SYDNEY:
International intercompany liaison on global publishing strategy, local product budgets, schedules, managing 15 staff; sales liaison, overseeing 80 texts per annum; budget $A5m p.a
January 1987 to October 1991 PUBLISHING MANAGER - TAX, BUTTERWORTHS, SYDNEY:
Strategy, budgets, sales growth, SGML design and repositioning into a rapid publishing program tax law and practice subscriptions and annuals; write PDs, recruit, train and manage a team of 29 staff; budget A$2.5m p.a.
July 1986 to January 1987 ASSOCIATE EDITOR, MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALASIAN MEDICAL PUBLISHING CO., SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA:
Managed marketing, acquisition, reviewing, editorial and production; executive business plan to improve its profitability, spin-offs and sponsored product; sales liaison; survey design and implementation
1982 to 1986 JOURNALS' EDITOR/MANAGER, ACQUISITIONS DEPT, ELSEVIER SCIENCE PUBLISHERS, BIOMEDICAL DIVISION, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS:
Budgeting, development, planning, direct marketing, conference and sales management of 30 research journals in Irish, UK, Japanese, US and French offices; sales growth from US$5-8m p.a
1976 to 1983 EDITORIAL SECTION HEAD, SENIOR EDITOR, EDITOR, ELSEVIER SCIENCE PUBLISHERS, BIOMEDICAL DIVISION, AMSTERDAM
1974 to 1975 GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT IN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY; ARC GRANT, FLINDERS UNIVERSITY OF SA - FACULTY OF MEDICINE

Education

1988-1990 MScSoc, UNSW; Thesis: 'Necessary conditions, nodes and linkages for technology transfer and diffusion'. (Innovation & Economic Development)
1982-1983 Diploma in Informatics, NOVI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1974-1975 MA Qualifying Course in Philosophy, Flinders University of SA
1971-1973 Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Zoology, Adelaide University
1970 Commonwealth Advanced Education Scholarship - SA Matriculation

Affiliations

2002-present Director - Maleny Credit Union; Business Enterprise Network; Barung
2000-present Sponsor - Smith Family: Learning for Life program
1999-present Member - Australian Wilderness Society
1998-present Member - Amnesty International
1997-present Member - Australian Institute of Company Directors
1995-present Fellow - The Academy of Marketing Science (USA)
1995-present Register of Peers - Australia Council for the Arts
1994-present Associate Fellow - Australian Institute of Management
1992-present Member - Australian Human Resources Institute
1992-present Member - Australian Society of Economists
1990-present Member - The Australian Sociology Association
1986-present Member - Australian Conservation Foundation

General

Languages Native English, fluent Dutch, intermediate German; Latin to year 10.
Business skills and/or courses Leadership, Management, Marketing and Communications Skills courses with HarperCollins, Butterworths & Elsevier; Microsoft Office XP; Access; Excel; Boolean research; SGML; HTML; XML; MYOB.
Lectures: The Author in an Electronic Age (ASA 1993) Role of marketing in publishing (Macquarie University 1992) Economics of tertiary publishing (APA, 1991) Introduction to SGML (Butterworths, 1990).
Nationality Australian and British passports; permanent Dutch residency.
Interests Innovation; Appropriate Technologies; Sustainable Development; Sustainable Communities; Living Networks; Landcare; Rainforest Revegetation; Species Diversity; Traditional Medicine; Dance; Visual Arts; Music; History; Spirituality; Cross-Cultural Values; Leadership.

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