John Wiley has appointed Ellis Cousens executive v-p, chief financial and operations officer. Cousens, who will join Wiley on March 19, has been senior v-p and CFO at Bookspan, and he will succeed Bob Wilder, who is retiring. Cousens helped launch Bookspan, the book club formed through the joint venture between Doubleday Direct and Book-of-the-Month Club. Prior to joining Bookspan, Cousens had been v-p and global CFO of Will Pesce, Wiley president and CEO, said Cousens's "proven track record identifying, consummating and integrating strategic acquisitions and alliances will be of tremendous value to us."