Columbia Books and Information Services Acquires CEO Update

Arlington, VA (August 3, 2022) — Columbia Books & Information Services (“CBIS”), a leading specialized information provider of B2B content, training, and customized data products, announced today that it has acquired CEO Update from Leading Authorities, Inc. (“Leading Authorities”).

CBIS has a long-standing history within the association and nonprofit industry under its Association TRENDS and Thompson Grants brands. The acquisition of the publication geared toward senior-level association executives and CEOs will expand upon CBIS’ presence while providing CEO Update with additional resources to continue to expand meaningful services and offerings to their membership community.

“CEO Update has a long history of providing key insights and resources, specifically to the leaders of the association community. We are excited to bring together the strength of the existing publication with our deep background of association data and broad reach within the industry.” stated Brittany Carter, president and CEO of CBIS.

A membership-based publication and website geared toward association and nonprofit executives, CEO Update provides tailored editorial content, profiles of association CEO searches, an executive job board, compensation studies, a financial and salary database and hosts exclusive networking events to serve its membership community.

President and Chief Executive Officer of Leading Authorities, Matthew Jones, shared “Leading Authorities is excited to continue our support – now through a new partnership – of CEO Update and the Association Community they serve.  Having witnessed CEO Update’s growth over the past 15 years, I’m very optimistic for their future with Columbia Books, and we look forward to being a great partner in the years ahead.”

CEO Update is the tenth brand to be added to CBIS’ brand portfolio. The company will continue serving existing members and new members operating under the same name.

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About Columbia Books & Information Services
Columbia Books & Information Services (CBIS) is a leading provider of compliance information, training and data products covering a range of subject areas including associations, nonprofits, grants, government relations and other federally regulated industries.

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