Born in Brooklyn, New York, John Regazzi attended St. John’s University, graduating with a B.S. degree in experimental psychology in 1970. He subsequently received an M.A. from the University of Iowa, an M.S. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in information science from Rutgers University, where he was awarded an Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation prize from the American Society for Information Science for his work on the evaluation of information systems performance in 1984.
An expert in information sciences and service, Regazzi has a distinguished career that includes several industry breakthroughs. He was the driving force behind the first commercially available CD-ROM text database, for instance, and he established the first professional web community for engineers. He was a keynote speaker at the first Microsoft CD-ROM conference in 1986.
His decades of work in the publishing industry was a career that happened almost by chance. In 1981, he was a newly minted associate professor at Rutgers University's School of Library and Information Studies when he took a leave of absence to help an old friend set up automation systems for H.W. Wilson Company, a New York-based publisher of indexing services, monographs and library reference materials. He stayed, becoming vice president.
In 1988 Regazzi moved on to become CEO of Engineering Information Inc., a company founded in 1884 that was dedicated to providing technical information directly to engineering professionals and technical libraries. A decade later, Regazzi was responsible for its sale to Reed Elsevier.
After this purchase, Regazzi was named CEO of Elsevier, where he was responsible for launching and marketing groundbreaking net-based services for the professional scientific, technical and medical communities, including ScienceDirect, Scirus, Scopus, Engineering Village and Medical Consult. He stepped down as CEO in 2005, continuing as chairman of the Elsevier Foundation until his retirement from the company in 2010.
Also in 2005, Regazzi became dean of the College of Information and Computer Science of Long Island University (LIU), serving in that role until this college was merged with another at LIU in 2008 and then continuing on as professor and director of the Scholarly Communications and Information Innovation Lab until his retirement in August 2016. During his time at LIU he had visiting faculty appointments at the University of Stuttgart in Germany and Universidad Politecnica de Valencia in Spain.
In addition to his appointment as chair of the AIP Board of Directors, Regazzi serves on the boards of several nonprofit, for-profit and governmental organizations, including for the last several years on the AIP Publishing Board of Managers.
Regazzi is a managing director of Akoya Capital Partners, a private equity investment fund with industry-leading CEOs, proprietary platform companies, experienced management teams and co-investors to create robust, competitive, best-of-class organizations delivering significant shareholder outcomes and return on investment. He heads Akoya’s Professional Information Services practice.