Global Publishing Director / Managing Director

Morgan Healey Retained Assignment

Our client, a leading global academic publisher, requires a Global Publishing Director / Managing Director based in Europe. In this key role you will be responsible for meeting and exceeding the company’s budgeted targets on publications: books and journals. Enhancing brand recognition and reputation.

Key Tasks:

  • Developing and driving the profitability of the Global Publishing Program and operational management of the editorial teams in the European office.
  • Increasing the profitability of the European business unit, by engineering the profit margin across the publishing subjects.
  • Ensuring that the brand and reputation of the Publisher is one of excellence within the social sciences and humanities. Developing new publishing lists in trending academic research fields.
  • Leading and positioning the company to be a leading open access publisher, especially as a solutions provider for institutions transitioning to open access.

Skills / Experience:

  • PhD in Social Sciences and Humanities or another University degree 
  • Proven record of success in senior level management in the industry
  • At least five/ten year’s senior level experience of management of people and resources
  • A wide knowledge and understanding of the publishing industry
  • An understanding of financial management and wider management principles and techniques
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Excellent communication (both verbal and written) in English / German.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills combined with excellent organizational skills
  • Project management experience

Director, Europe

Morgan Healey Retained Assignment 

About the Optical Society: 

Since 1916, OSA has been the world’s leading champion for optics and photonics, uniting and educating scientists, engineers, educators, technicians and business leaders worldwide to foster and promote technical and professional development.

Through publications, events and services, the Optical Society is helping to advance the science of light by addressing the ongoing need for shared knowledge and innovation.

Scope of Activities:

The Director, Europe, is responsible for developing, building and sustaining relationships and connections with The Optical Society (OSA) members and customers throughout the European market. The individual’s focus will be on implementing the stated strategic direction for OSA’s European office and increasing volunteer engagement across all of the major OSA programs within Europe based on a set of specified metrics.

Position Summary:

The Director works with all pertinent internal and external stakeholders to achieve greater volunteer engagement in the European market. The individual in this position will develop and cultivate relationships with a variety of diverse stakeholders, including, but not limited to members, librarians, government officials, volunteers, companies and OSA’s European based partners.  Success will be measured by increased engagement levels with specific stakeholder groups. 

This employee will, with the direction and support of the home office, serve as the face of OSA in Europe. He/she will need to be successful in building relationships not only with external customers and partners, but also with his/her colleagues based in the US.

As the primary contact and front line role for growing OSA’s engagement and visibility in Europe, this position will travel frequently to visit members of the community, institutions, agencies and other sites of interest to OSA as well as to participate in and network at conferences.

This is an exciting role for the Society as they continue to build out their outreach in Europe. This role would suit a candidate that is outgoing, well networked and able to act as an ambassadorial figure for the Society, building strong relationships and raising the Society’s profile within Europe. 

Skills & Experience: 

  • Seven to ten years’ relevant experience in business development and working with a scientific society. This may also include commercial editorial roles and marketing candidates. 
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Higher level degree in science or engineering preferred.
  • Multilingual would be an advantage, but not essential. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills to facilitate positive engagement with the community and other OSA staff
  • Effective written and oral communication and analytical skills.
  • Ability to meet multiple deadlines, coordinate details and work independently required.
  • Proven organizational and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with US based colleagues in a timely manner from a remote location. 
  • Excellent project and time management skills.
  • High energy level.
  • Knowledge of business and management principles. 
  • High level of professionalism.
  • Proficiency in all MS Office applications. 
  • Ability to travel 40-50% of the time required.

Managing Director

Morgan Healey Retained Assignment

Our client, a B2B Publisher that delivers a mix of insights, opinion and market intelligence to the healthcare and pharmaceutical markets, requires a new Managing Director.

The Managing Director will further develop current assets, comprising market focused products, targeting C- level suits, into a more diversified outlet ready to serve a larger community of professionals within the Healthcare&Lifesicence vertical through critical knowledge, information and networking opportunities.

The client wants the current activity to be the starting point of a completely new line of business. The MD will have to build upon the existing traffic, brands and databases to diversify the streams of revenue including digital and events and in the longer run data and learning. The emphasis of the development should be based on an exit from the business in a short to mid term time frame. 


  • Set investment steps and budgeting
  • Open London office, build and scale up a team of approx. 15 within three years
  • Manage a multi-country portfolio of operations 
  • Generate Revenue and stick to EBDITA targets for a possible exit.

Skills & Experience: 

  • Ambitious
  • Entrepreneurship and Self Starter
  • Min of 10+ years in B2B publishing, managing team and P&L
  • Knowledge of Pharma/Healthcare preferable
  • Knowledge of events would be an advantage 
  • Internationalist/Mobile 
  • Experience in remote management of sales and production teams

Regional Manager Australia

Our client, a leading academic publisher, requires a Regional Manager for Australia.

The Regional Manager has primary responsibility for developing, establishing, driving and implementing a strong regional strategy for continued growth in their region, with full accountability for achieving and exceeding tough sales targets and managing costs.

This will be achieved through determining, coordinating and managing the resources dedicated to the region and ensuring they work harmoniously to achieve a pre-agreed growth strategy.

This will include ensuring the regional team works as an effective unit and is aligned with the global strategy and head office functions. Growth will be measured through overall sales revenue, market penetration, costs associated with running the region linking to regional profit and overall improvement of the company's reputation and revenues in the region, as perceived by stakeholders.

Skills & Experience: 

  • Detailed knowledge of the region; economic trends; identifying opportunities & threats
  • Product and wider industry knowledge and trends
  • Understanding of the company’s strategic aims and the region’s role within it
  • Awareness of digital and technical standards used and developed in the market
  • Strategic awareness
  • Advanced negotiation and closing skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Relationship-building with customers
  • Line management; motivation; mentoring
  • Good analytical skills
  • Deliver powerful presentations
  • Write effective reports
  • Network with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to think creatively to drive revenues and solve customer problems