Ron Ragsdale

Affiliate Senior Associate, Strategy, Operations, Technology and Content

Ron brings over 25 years in the global educational (ELT) publishing sector (print and digital), building and managing teams and programmes and delivering projects across diverse functions and geographies, including roles as Managing Editor of EL Gazette magazine, and as Global Publishing Director (ELT), Director of Knowledge Management and Director of Business Change Programmes for Cambridge University Press.

In his career, Ron has worked as a Systems Analyst and Graphic Design Manager in the US, Publishing Trainer and Editorial Manager in Zimbabwe, General Manager of Longman.com during the early dot-com boom, and then at Cambridge University Press from 2002, where he filled a number of senior roles before becoming a business consultant in 2017.

Ron is adept at working collaboratively at the highest level, helping clients devise creative solutions to strategic challenges and taking projects from conception to successful implementation with unrivalled attention to detail and commercial acumen. He has experience across many different areas – from product strategy and development; data management and enterprise systems implementation (including SAP, WorkDay, SalesForce and MS Office 365 collaboration tools); to the creation, integration and scaling up of new operations.

Besides the US and the UK, Ron has direct experience in countries such as India (establishing and growing an offshore operations centre, now employing over 130 staff); Egypt (training a team of editorial and production staff), Spain, Italy, Poland, Dubai, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe (where he defined new roles, processes and suppliers, hired and trained staff to enable locally devolved educational publishing activity in market), China (negotiating co-publishing contracts with local partners), and others. He holds a BA in Business Management as well as an MA in TESOL / Applied Linguistics. He is an Associate Lecturer for Anglia Ruskin University’s MA Publishing programme.

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