Steve Smith, the former president and CEO of John Wiley & Sons, died following a long illness on July 10. He was 61.

Smith joined Wiley in 1992 as v-p of Wiley Asia, and assumed additional responsibilities for other international markets including Australia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America over the next decade. After a series of promotions, Smith was named Wiley's 11th president and CEO in May of 2011.

Prior to joining Wiley. Smith was president of Simon & Schuster’s U.K. academic and professional group, with management responsibility for the European operations of Simon & Schuster and Prentice Hall.

Smith took early retirement in June of 2015 to focus on his health.

"Steve fought bravely against cancer, never allowing the disease to dampen his natural spirit, energy and vitality," Smith's successor, Mark Allin, said in a statement. "Steve was diagnosed at the very beginning of his tenure as CEO, but worked with passion and commitment to make Wiley stronger for the future. He was a mentor to many of us, a leader for all of us and an inspiration to each of us”.

Steve is survived by his wife, Liz, and children Sam, Maddie, Ned, Finlay, and Emily.