Principal Corporate Executives: Copyright Clearance Center
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Tracey L. Armstrong
President and Chief Executive Officer                                                  

Tracey Armstrong is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Copyright Clearance Center, bringing more than 20 years of experience in rights management with CCC to the industry. Leading the organization through a period of phenomenal change and challenge, Tracey has helped transform CCC's licensing solutions to meet the needs of today's digital publishing world.

Tracey works with publishers, authors, universities, businesses and industry associations around the world, addressing copyright concerns and establishing new alliances. In addition, she frequently speaks at industry conferences and events as a thought leader on digital copyright licensing issues.

Tracey holds an MBA from Northeastern University and serves on the board of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO).


Gretchen Gasser-Ellis

 

Gretchen L. Gasser-Ellis
Senior Vice President, Operations                                                               

Gretchen Gasser-Ellis is Copyright Clearance Center's Senior VP, Operations.  Gretchen oversees Customer Service, Professional Services, the Project Office, and Data Systems & Services. Gretchen has been at CCC for more than 10 years, formerly as Vice President of Operations, Chief Information Officer, and Director of RightsLink. Prior to CCC, Gretchen worked in IT consulting at Whitman-Hart and in project management roles at Camp, Dresser and McKee and DuPont. Gretchen has a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Boston University.


Frederic Haber

 

Frederic Haber
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary                                           

Frederic Haber is Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Copyright Clearance Center. He is responsible for all of CCC's legal affairs, including the legal aspects of its copyright licensing business. He has participated in the development of each of CCC's licensing programs and counsels senior management in the development of new programs.

Prior to joining CCC, Fred was a senior attorney at the original corporate parent of the Macy's chain of department stores. Before that, Fred was of counsel to the New York City-based law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP, practicing intellectual property, trade regulation and antitrust law. He holds bachelor's, master's, and law degrees from schools of Harvard University. Fred is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut.


Haralambos Marmanis

 

Haralambos Marmanis
CTO & Vice President, Engineering                                             

Haralambos "Babis" Marmanis is Copyright Clearance Center's Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Engineering. Babis is responsible for driving the technology vision and the implementation of all software systems at CCC. He brings over 17 years of experience in computing, with proven success in leading software development teams. Prior to CCC, Babis was the CTO at Emptoris, a leader of supply and contract management software solutions. He also worked at Zeborg, a provider of analytic software for expenses, and Truexchange, a real-time trading and risk management software system. He is a published book author in business and technology, and he also published numerous papers in academic journals and technical periodicals. Babis holds a PhD in applied mathematics from Brown University, and an MSc from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was the recipient of the Sigma-Xi innovation award and an NSF graduate fellow at Brown.


Michele R. Nivens

 

Michele R. Nivens
Vice President, Strategic Corporate Initiatives                                      

Michele R. Nivens joined Copyright Clearance Center in 2006.  As Vice President, Strategic Corporate Initiatives, Michele is responsible for talent acquisition and development as well as compensation and benefits.  Prior to joining CCC, she served as the Vice President of Human Resources for Software.com from start-up to profitable post-IPO venture and merger to create Openwave. She also served as Vice President of Human Resources for BBN Systems and Technologies during the years of its Internet backbone build out and ultimate acquisition by GTE. Michele earned her master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and holds her bachelor of science in management from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.


Richard A. Ruf

 

Richard A. Ruf
Vice President, Treasurer, and Chief Financial Officer                                   

Richard Ruf is the Finance Vice President, CFO and Treasurer. Richard has been with Copyright Clearance Center since 2000 and is responsible for finance as well as royalty payment processing. Rich's past experience includes leadership roles at REP Environmental Processes, Laventhol & Horwath, CPAs and Don J. Guarnieri, CPAs. Richard received a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Suffolk University, and is a certified public accountant.