Reed Elsevier announced yesterday that Gerard van de Aast will be leaving his position as CEO of RBI on December 15th. Kieth Jones will be stepping in to fill the position on a temporary basis. Spectators will understand that this situation further complicates what has been a long frustrating process for Reed in attempting to get rid of this business.
The company has announced that discussions on the sale are at an advanced stage (but that's no guarentee, etc.). Perhaps this move by van de Aast is a precursor. Maybe he is be fronting one of the buyers groups.