Executive Leadership

Executive Leadership Team

Tracey L. Armstrong

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).

Richard A. Ruf

Richard A. Ruf

Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

As Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Richard Ruf is responsible for all of Copyright Clearance Center’s financial affairs, as well as royalty payments, sales operations, contract administration and facilities.  Prior to joining CCC in 2000, he served as Controller of REP Environmental Processes, a subsidiary of RWE AG.  Richard was with Laventhol & Horwath, CPAs prior to joining the private sector.  Richard earned his MBA from Suffolk University, holds his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Virginia Tech, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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 as well as of its businesses in software tools and professional services. He has participated in the development of each of those businesses and their expansion outside the US, and he counsels senior management in the development of new products and services.

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.

Michele R. Nivens

Michele R. Nivens

Vice President, Human Resources

Michele Nivens is Copyright Clearance Center’s Vice President, Human Resources, responsible for talent acquisition and development as well as compensation and benefits.  Prior to joining CCC in 2006, 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.

Haralambos Marmanis

Haralambos Marmanis

Executive Vice President & CTO

Haralambos “Babis” Marmanis is Copyright Clearance Center’s Executive Vice President & CTO. Babis is responsible for driving the technology vision and the implementation of all software systems at CCC. He has over 20 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.

Donna Pouliot

Donna Pouliot

Vice President, Sales

Donna Pouliot is Copyright Clearance Center’s Vice President, Sales, responsible for sales for CCC’s existing and emerging businesses. Donna joined CCC in 2014 with the acquisition of Infotrieve, where she was Vice President of Sales. She brings 20 years of experience in solution sales, assessing sales performance, creating and implementing sales strategies, nurturing customer relationships and expanding market penetration. Earlier, she served in leadership roles at companies such as AMS Services, Inc. a Software division of CNA, and Swingtide, an IT Consulting Services company.

Kim Zwollo

Kim Zwollo

Vice President, Client Engagement & Business Development

Kim Zwollo is VP, Client Engagement & Business Development, responsible for building and driving the overall growth of the business around the world. Prior to joining CCC, Kim worked for Springer SBM, now Springer-Nature in various international roles. Most recently he was Executive Vice President Sales for the EMEA region. Kim has also served in diverse sales and management roles for other media companies including Elsevier Science. Kim holds a Master’s degree in Medical Biology from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.

Michael Healy

Michael Healy

Executive Director, International Relations

Michael Healy is the Executive Director, International Relations, at Copyright Clearance Center.  Prior to joining CCC, Michael was Executive Director of The Book Rights Registry, and previously Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group, a New York-based non-profit body dedicated to improving the efficiency of the book industry by providing standards, research, education and information.  Michael has worked in the publishing and information industries for more than 25 years and has spent most of that time in senior editorial, sales and distribution roles in digital publishing.  He has been closely involved in the development of standards for the international book trade, and is particularly associated with standards for metadata, product information and electronic commerce.  Michael has led many international standards groups, was Chairman of the International ISBN Agency, a Director of the International DOI Foundation, and led the international ISO committee that developed ISBN-13. He is currently a board member of the Copyright Hub Foundation (UK) and Chairman of the Board of The International Standard Name Identifier.

Roy S. Kaufman

Roy S. Kaufman

Managing Director, Business Development and Government Relations

Roy Kaufman is Managing Director of both Business Development and Government Relations for Copyright Clearance Center. Prior to CCC, Roy served as Legal Director, John Wiley and Sons, Inc. He is a member of, among other things, the Bar of the State of New York, the Copyright and Legal Affairs Committee of the International Association of Scientific Technical and Medical Publishers, the Author’s Guild, and the editorial board of UKSG Insights. Roy also advises the US Government on international trade matters through membership in International Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC) 13 – Intellectual Property. He was the founding corporate Secretary of CrossRef, and formerly chaired its legal working group. He has written and lectured extensively on the subjects of copyright, licensing, open access, text/data mining, new media, artists’ rights, and art law. Roy is Editor-in-Chief of Art Law Handbook: From Antiquities to the Internet and author of two books on publishing contract law. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and Columbia Law School. rkaufman@copyright.com. http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7192-6578

Jonathan Brett-Harris

Jonathan Brett-Harris

Vice President & Managing Director

Jonathan Brett-Harris is Vice President & Managing Director for Copyright Clearance Center.  He is responsible for the Corporate Business Unit which includes copyright licenses, software and professional services.  Prior to this role, Jonathan served as Managing Director of Ixxus, a wholly owned subsidiary of CCC.  Before joining CCC in 2017, he was Global Head of Industry & Proposition at Thomson Reuters, where he defined the industry segment strategy for the Intellectual Property and Science division.  Before that, he was Executive Vice President & Managing Director of Life Sciences for Thomson Reuters.

Jonathan’s earlier career included roles at Elan Corporation, a fast-growing biopharma company, where as Vice President & Managing Director he ran operations in Europe and Asia.  Jonathan previously held senior roles at Genzyme Corporation, Hydron Limited and Eli Lilly.  Jonathan holds an MBA from Cass Business School, London and a BSc in Psychology and Economics from University College London.

Gretchen L. Gasser-Ellis

Gretchen L. Gasser-Ellis

Vice President & Managing Director

Gretchen Gasser-Ellis is Copyright Clearance Center’s Vice President & Managing Director with responsibility for publisher solutions.  In this role Gretchen focuses on the publishing market and to ensure CCC product and services are addressing relevant market needs.  Gretchen has been at CCC for more than 17 years, formerly as Senior Vice President Product and Operations, Vice President of Operations, Chief Information Officer, and Director of RightsLink. Prior to CCC, Gretchen worked in IT consulting at Waterfield Consulting Group 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.

Emily Sheahan

Emily Sheahan

Vice President & Managing Director

Emily Sheahan is Copyright Clearance Center’s Vice President and Managing Director leading the Information and Content Solutions division. Emily is responsible for revenue and profitability of new and existing solutions in the market. She has been with CCC since 2011 during which she managed several organizations including Global Alliances, Marketing, Education, as well as Strategic Initiatives such as M&A. Emily joined CCC from HCPro where she was Group Publisher driving strategy, research, development, production and profitability of products and services in a number of healthcare and regulation markets.  Earlier, she was with NBC News-KULR as Capital Bureau Chief.  Emily earned her Master’s Degree from Emerson College and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Communication from Ithaca College.

Stephanie Fox

Stephanie Fox

Vice President, Marketing

Stephanie Fox is Vice President, Marketing at Copyright Clearance Center, and is responsible for communicating the strength of the company’s vision across all channels. She manages brand strategy, corporate communications, public relations, analyst relations, content-driven demand generation, campaigns, events, and internal communications.

Steph rejoined CCC after serving as CMO at Rekener, a customer data platform startup. Previously she was the Senior Director of Marketing at CCC, after holding product marketing, marketing communications, research, and alliances roles at the company. Prior to CCC, Steph was VP of Marketing at IP telephony provider Vertical Communications, VP of Marketing at security services provider @stake (acquired by Symantec), VP of Marketing at VOIP infrastructure provider Informio, a co-founder of content consultancy DotContent, and VP at Meridian Technology Marketing. Steph has a bachelor’s degree in French Language & Literature from New York University.