Andy Douglas returns to Springer Nature as VP Commercial for Nature Research

August 8, 2018

Following four years at Wolters Kluwer as VP Sales EMEA, Andy Douglas is rejoining Springer Nature as VP Commercial for Nature Research, the brand which includes Nature, the leading international weekly journal of science.

Bringing together a wide range of services, Andy will oversee sales and marketing for all of Nature Research’s Client Marketing Services – advertising, career services, sponsorship, custom publishing and conferences – as well as for the company’s researcher services, such as Nature Masterclasses and Naturejobs.

Commenting, Andy Douglas said: “I am delighted to be returning to Springer Nature at such an exciting time. Next year Nature is 150 years old and I’m looking forward to working with the prestigious brands in the portfolio such as Nature and Scientific American. Our digital advertising capabilities as well as our ability to directly meet researchers’ needs via training and career services, all enable us to create exciting opportunities for the research community.”

Commenting, Dean Sanderson, Managing Director, Nature Research, said: “We have ambitious goals at Nature Research – to become the leading online provider of training services for scientists with Nature Masterclasses Online; to expand our position as the leader in STM career services and to become the go-to provider of strategic marketing services to research-led organizations across the globe. With his in-depth experience in scientific advertising and full understanding of Nature’s products and brand, Andy is the ideal person to join up our initiatives across custom publishing, sponsorship, and institutional partnerships which will allow us to achieve these goals and better help the research community advance discovery.”

CABI welcomes Dr Andrew Robinson as new Managing Director, Publishing

July 25, 2018

CABI welcomes Dr Andrew Robinson as its new Managing Director, Publishing to lead and drive its Publishing and Knowledge Management activities and products. These include the world-renowned CAB Abstracts and Global Health as well as compendiabookseBooksfull text resources and important open access resources such as the Plantwise Knowledge Bank and Invasive Species Compendium.

Andy comes to CABI after serving as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Society Services, Research, at Wiley, the academic publisher, where he enjoyed a 25-year career. Most recently he led a global team that provided publishing services to more than 500 societies, associations and not-for-profit organisations. His team covered a full range of subjects from agriculture to zoology, offering journal, magazine, e-learning, web publishing and career services as well as publishing the Cochrane Library – the world’s leading database of evidence-based medicine.

Andy has a first-class degree in botany from University College London (UCL) and a PhD in plant biochemistry, focusing on the regulation of glycolysis in potatoes, from the University of Cambridge.

Talking about his new role, Andy said, “I’m really excited to join CABI. It’s an organisation with an incredible breadth and range of products and projects. It spans everything from conducting research, to publishing research, and then, making a difference by applying research in the field. CABI really puts knowledge to work and has hard evidence of making a real difference, primarily to smallholder farmers around the world, helping them to grow more, lose less and fund things like the education of their children.”

CABI CEO, Dr Trevor Nicholls, said, “We’re pleased to have recruited a strong commercial publisher with a track record of developing strategy and delivering results to lead our publishing business. Andy brings a great depth of experience to CABI.”

Taneli Ruda Named Wiley’s Chief Strategy Officer

July 11, 2018

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., today announced the appointment of Taneli Ruda as the company’s new EVP & Chief Strategy Officer, effective July 9, 2018. With over 20 years of experience across information, technology and consulting industries, Mr. Ruda will help to define and accelerate the next phase of Wiley’s growth, driving key initiatives that serve the research and education sectors.

“Taneli is an exceptional talent, and I am excited to welcome him to Wiley,” said Brian Napack, President and CEO, Wiley. “He has extensive experience identifying robust and sustainable growth strategies for global organizations. Taneli’s innovative thinking and ability to translate complex strategies into action will help us to shape the future of global research and education, and to ensure the success of Wiley’s customers and partners.”

Most recently, Mr. Ruda served as Head of Corporate Strategy at Thomson Reuters, with responsibility for defining the company’s portfolio and growth strategies and driving company-wide mergers and acquisitions (M&A). During his time at Thomson Reuters, Mr. Ruda was also SVP and Managing Director of ONESOURCE Global Trade, where he successfully expanded the software suite globally and positioned it as a leader in the management of complex tax and trade issues.

Prior to Thomson Reuters, Mr. Ruda held senior strategy roles at Nokia, including VP of Strategy Development and Director of Technology Strategy, where he drove global strategy initiatives and managed the company’s key technology and business strategy decision-making forums. Mr. Ruda also served as a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group. He holds a Doctorate in Technology and Master of Science from the Helsinki University of Technology.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Wiley at this exciting time in the company’s history, during the evolution of its important markets,” Mr. Ruda said. “Changing the shape of education and research through technology, services and dynamic content is a critical undertaking in our global knowledge economy. I look forward to working with the leadership team and our global colleagues to drive the strategic planning process at Wiley and help our customers and partners achieve their goals.”

Tim Barton Joins Silverchair as President

May 29, 2018

Silverchair Information Systems, a leading provider of technology platforms and services for the professional and scholarly knowledge industry, today announced that Tim Barton has been named its new President. Mr. Barton will report to Thane Kerner, who will remain CEO.

“I’m proud and honored that our team can attract an executive with the talent and experience of Tim Barton,” said Mr. Kerner. “As we expand our capabilities to serve a rapidly evolving marketplace for scholarly and professional content, Tim will bring crucial publishing expertise and strategic perspective to our investments and innovations.”

In his 27-year career with Oxford University Press Mr. Barton held various positions across the organization, including President of OUP USA. Mr. Barton served most recently as Managing Director for the Global Academic Division of Oxford University Press, where he was responsible for OUP’s research publishing globally, including journals, scholarly books, and reference, and for higher education, and dictionary publishing. This was the first time that OUP had pulled together responsibility for this wide range of publishing under a single manager. Under his leadership, OUP successfully transitioned to become a digital and global business, and achieved strong growth, including doubling the size of the journals business, while adhering to the strict quality requirements mandated by Oxford University.

“Technology is playing an increasingly central role in learned publishing, and our industry is facing transitions that are both exciting and profoundly challenging,” said Mr. Barton. “I am looking forward to engaging with an organization whose products and people I came greatly to admire as a partner over recent years, and to see what we can do together to empower the next generation of creators and users of scholarly knowledge.”

Aref Matin Named Wiley’s Chief Technology Officer

May 24, 2018

John Wiley and Sons, Inc., a global research and learning company, today announced the appointment of Aref Matin as the company’s new Chief Technology Officer, effective May 21, 2018. In this role, Mr. Matin will lead and accelerate Wiley’s evolution as a world-class, fully integrated technology organization serving the research and education sectors.

“I am thrilled to welcome Aref to Wiley’s leadership team,” said Brian Napack, President and CEO, Wiley. “He is a proven leader and innovator with extensive experience building world-class technology teams and developing highly-successful products and platforms. His expertise is essential to keeping Wiley at the forefront of delivering research and learning content, tools and services that ensure our customers’ success.”

Mr. Matin was most recently EVP and CTO at Ascend Learning, a leading provider of content, software and analytics solutions in the healthcare education space. He was responsible for all technology and led the development of a highly successful set of customer-centric products and delivery platforms.

Previously, at Pearson Global Education Services, Mr. Matin defined the company’s technology and product strategy and led a highly complex global technology and product transformation in partnership with the businesses.

Mr. Matin held senior-level positions at TomTom and Siemens. He holds a MS and BS in Electrical Engineering from Northrop University and certification from the Executive Business Leadership Program at Yale University. Mr. Matin also served on the board of My Child Inc., an education engagement company.

“It’s a privilege to join Wiley at such a pivotal time in the research and education spaces,” said Mr. Matin. “I look forward to working with the leadership team and all my new Wiley colleagues to continue driving technological change and bringing innovative products and services to our publishing and education customers.”