Inside Story

INFORMS & Lionheart at 30

Peter Horner, editor

This year marks the 30th anniversary of OR/MS Today under the auspices of Lionheart Publishing and Lionheart Founder and President John Llewellyn. To celebrate the occasion, INFORMS held a special reception at its annual meeting in Houston for friends, clients and staffers who have known and worked with John and Lionheart over the years. Along with INFORMS staff, OR/MS Today Committee Chair Jim Cochran helped organize the event and served as master of ceremonies. INFORMS President Brian Denton read a citation that chronicled John’s 30-year tenure and presented John with a plaque in honor of his “contributions to the community of operations research and the management sciences, and for his distinguished service to INFORMS.”

As the editor of OR/MS Today for 27 of the past 30 years, I’ve had a front-row seat to the ups and downs and ins and outs of a three decades-long relationship that ultimately served both parties well. When I was hired, John basically tossed me the keys to the editorial car of OR/MS Today and told me to drive it, which I did with my foot to the floor. John, meanwhile, focused on the business end of publishing.

John Llewellyn (left) and INFORMS President Brian Denton.

John Llewellyn (left) and INFORMS President Brian Denton.

From the beginning, John and I had a great appreciation for the concept of separation of church and state, which, in the publishing business, translates to the separation of editorial and advertising. If the latter influences the former, it brings into question the integrity of the publication. John has never asked me to cross that line. We always kept our eyes on the same prize: the INFORMS membership.

For those of you keeping score at home, Lionheart has produced 186 issues of OR/MS Today since 1988, along with 54 issues of Analytics, an online-only magazine aimed at non-INFORMS members as well as members that John was instrumental in founding in 2008 in concert with INFORMS. What is probably less known is that for the vast majority of the past 30 years, Lionheart produced, printed and mailed a copy of OR/MS Today to each and every member of INFORMS every other month at zero net cost to the Institute. The credit for that financial miracle belongs to John Llewellyn.