President & CEO, EBSCO Industries, Inc.
In July 2014, Tim Collins became the President & CEO of EBSCO Industries, Inc., one the largest private companies in the United States, with 5,000+ employees and over $2.4B in annual revenue. Tim served as President of EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), EBSCO Industries’ largest division, before moving into his new role.
In 1983, Tim co-founded a company specializing in indexing and abstracting of periodical information, which was subsequently purchased by EBSCO Industries, Inc. Mr. Collins has overseen the explosive growth that has taken EBSCO from a niche provider of print indexes in the 1980s to what is today one of the world’s most important for-fee internet research services. He has guided the company to very strong organic growth, combined with a steady stream of over 60 strategic acquisitions. EBSCO Information Services is now the leading online research service serving educational institutions and public libraries, offering the most used abstract/index and full text databases in the world. Over the last several years, EBSCO has expanded its product offerings and is now a leading e-book aggregator, discovery service provider, point-of-care content provider to medical institutions, and the largest provider to academic libraries of collection development and purchasing services for books.
In addition, Mr. Collins has been the driving force behind the reduction of EBSCO’s environmental footprint; converting the company’s fleet of company cars over to hybrid vehicles, installing more than 500 solar panels and numerous electric car charging stations at the company’s Ipswich, Massachusetts headquarters, and distributing over 150,000 green bags to librarians and local residents. Tim has also made donations to numerous local non-profit institutions to fund solar arrays on their premises.
As a business leader in Massachusetts, Tim Collins was named a North Shore Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Leader 2012, in addition to being named to the inaugural North Shore 100, a list of the top business leaders on the North Shore. Tim has been interviewed in many industry publications, including Library Journal, Information Today, Research Information, Business & the Environment, North Shore Magazine, etc. In 2015, he was honored by the National Federation of Advanced Information Services as the recipient of it Miles Conrad Award, in recognition of his contributions to the information industry. The Collins Career and Resource Center at the Peter T. Paul School of Business and Economics at Tim’s alma mater, the University of New Hampshire, bears his name.
Tim lives on the North Shore of Boston with his wife Emily and two children.