Ian Smith has been appointed CEO-designate of Reed Elsevier, succeeding Crispin Davis, who will retire in March after nine years as CEO.Smith will join Reed on Jan. 1. “Ian is a seasoned global business leader with significant international experience of strategy and operations across a diverse range of companies and sectors,” Reed Elsevier chairman Jan Hommen said. Smith most recently was chief executive of Taylor Woodrow. He previously served as CEO of General Healthcare Group and CEO Europe, Middle East and Africa at Excel Group. Reed Elsevier’s Reed Business Information unit is the parent company of Variety.