Kumsal Bayazit is Chief Executive Officer. She joined Elsevier in February 2019 from RELX, the corporate group of which Elsevier is a part. She has held multiple positions with RELX since 2004, most recently as Regional President Europe, Middle East and Africa at Reed Exhibitions. Before joining Reed Exhibitions in 2016, Kumsal was RELX Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for driving strategic initiatives, technology strategy and portfolio management. Prior to that she served in several operational and strategic roles with LexisNexis, which like Elsevier is part of RELX.
Kumsal also chairs the Technology Forum at RELX. Prior to joining RELX Group in 2004, Kumsal spent several years at Bain & Company in their New York, Los Angeles, Johannesburg and Sydney offices. Kumsal earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a graduate of University of California at Berkeley where she received a Bachelors degree in Economics with honors.