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Clarivate Analytics Welcomes Caroline Birkle as the New General Manager of Converis

Data company Clarivate Analytics has announced the appointment of Caroline Birkle as the General Manager of their leading research information management system, ConverisConveris supports universities, research institutions and funding agencies in collecting and managing data across the research life cycle. Birkle will join Converis on April 16th 2018, based in Karlsruhe, Germany and will manage an international team across Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia.

Converis is part of Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation and is part of the Scientific and Academic Research Group alongside industry leaders like Web of Science. Built with the research community in mind, Converis is used by faculty, librarians and research managers globally to showcase the outputs and impact of research.Converis offers seamless integration with data, platform and products from Clarivate Analytics, such as Web of ScienceInCites and Derwent Innovation Index, as well as a number of third-party products.

Birkle will join Clarivate Analytics from Thieme Chemistry in Germany, where she is Managing Director and has overall P&L responsibility for global electronic publications, leading an international team including editorial, production and software development. Previously, Birkle held publishing positions with the Royal Society of Chemistry and Thomson Reuters before moving to Holtzbrinck Publishers, where, as Vice President, she led Business Intelligence for STM (including Nature and Macmillan Science & Education) and coordinated the integration of Macmillan and Springer Nature, pre- and post-merger.

Caroline Birkle incoming General Manager, Converis said:

“The research landscape is changing at an unprecedented rate, with technological opportunities creating a pace within the research life cycle that is exhilarating and challenging. The opportunity to join Converis and work together with research offices globally, creating meaningful solutions that address industry needs, is one I am really looking forward to. I am proud to be joining this highly skilled and entrepreneurial team working within one of the industry’s most exciting and dynamic business groups.”

Annette Thomas, CEO Scientific and Academic Research Group, Clarivate Analytics said:

“I am delighted to welcome Caroline to our growing team; with her deep understanding of the research market, commercial and strategic acumen, as well operational and transformational experience, she is ideally suited to lead Converis during its next phase of growth and expansion. Converis currently supports a wide variety of customers in more than 20 countries and it’s our intention to significantly evolve and strengthen its position in the market by integrating more data and by providing a more streamlined product offering. Caroline’s experience will benefit us tremendously as we expand, and accelerate innovation and growth.”

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Springer Nature hurries 7 billion euro Frankfurt listing

SpringerNature, the publisher of science magazine Nature, has brought forward a listing which may value it at more than 7 billion euros (6.17 billion pounds)including debt, to reduce the risk from volatile stock markets, people close to the matter said.

The company, which also publishes Scientific American, is planning to announce its initial public offering (IPO) in May, with a Frankfurt listing slated to take place four weeks later, they said, adding that originally plans had been for a July listing.

Following recent market volatility, some IPO hopefuls have sped up listing plans to reduce the time lag and avoid being tripped up by wobbly markets.

“Everybody is trying to accelerate their plans now,” one of the sources said. Among others, Deutsche Bank DWS asset management unit has brought its IPO forward by several weeks.

The SpringerNature joint venture is 53-percent owned by German publisher Holtzbrinck, with buyout group BC Partners holding the rest.

The group’s owners have appointed bookrunners including Goldman Sachs and BNP Paribas to  help with the listing, alongside global coordinators JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley.

SpringerNature was formed in 2015 through the merger of Holtzbrinck’s Macmillan Science and Education unit with BC Partners’ Springer business, which publishes scientific, technical and medical books and journals.

The creation of SpringerNature was designed to make it easier to compete with the likes of RELX as publishers increasingly shift to digital content and readers use smartphones and tablets to access information.

BC Partners declined to comment on the listing plan, while Holtzbrinck was not immediately available for comment. The banks declined to comment or were not immediately available for comment.

While BC Partners will sell some shares in the IPO, Holtzbrinck may even buy some and is aiming to keep a stake of more than 40 percent in the company. The targeted free float is at least 20 percent.

The bulk of the proceeds would be used to cut net debt, which currently stands at roughly 3 billion euros, with a view to bringing indebtedness down to 3.75 times earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) after the IPO, the source said.

Peer RELX trades at about 11 times its expected core earnings.

SpringerNature posted 1.62 billion euros in sales in 2016 and employs 13,000 staff. It publishes roughly 3,000 scientific magazines as well as 12,000 new books every year. Last year, its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization stood at roughly 600 million euros.

SpringerNature is a separate company from German publisher Axel Springer.


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Brill will appoint Jasmin Lange as Chief Publishing Officer

Koninklijke Brill NV, the international scholarly publisher, announces the appointment of Jasmin Lange (39) as Chief Publishing Officer and member of the Management Team, as per January 1st, 2018. Within Brill’s senior leadership, Jasmin will lead Brill’s publishing teams and focus on further expanding Brill’s offering to the scholarly community.

German-born Jasmin Lange joined Brill in 2011 as Assistant Editor and has worked as Business Development Manager since 2012. In this role, amongst others, she focused on developing Open Access within Brill, developing new business models and integrating newly acquired publishing activities into the Brill portfolio. Most recently, Jasmin played a key role in the acquisitions of Schöningh & Fink and Mentis in Germany and Sense Publishers in the Netherlands. Before joining Brill, Jasmin worked in the publishing business and as a researcher in Germany, the USA and the UK.

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Clarivate Analytics Welcomes Sam Burridge as Director of Strategy & Transformation

Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to enable the research ecosystem to accelerate discovery, announced today that Samantha Burridge has joined the company in a newly-created role – Director of Strategy & Transformation of its Scientific & Academic Research group. Burridge will report directly to the new division CEO, Annette Thomas, in London.

With more than 20 years’ experience across broad publishing businesses and more recently, open research, Burridge will support Thomas in expanding the company’s leadership position in the scientific and academic research market. She is responsible for developing the strategy for the division, for supporting innovation in data and analytics, establishing best practice for the incubation of new businesses and for ensuring the company both attracts and retains talented professionals.

Burridge established Nature’s Open Research Group in 2013 as Managing Director; by 2016 it had become the fastest growing open access (OA) business in the world. Prior to her time at Springer Nature, Burridge was a member of the Macmillan Science & Education board and a key player in the transformation of the business. She was Managing Director of the humanities and social sciences publisher, Palgrave Macmillan and held several leadership roles across the group, steering many global functions through significant change. More recently, she has worked as a consultant across publishing and education, working with boards of both established brands and start-ups, to develop their strategies.

Burridge has served as a member of the Publishers Association academic board and remains a member of the board of the Copyright Clearance Centre – a global leader in technology solutions that fuel research, power publishing and respect copyright.

Annette Thomas, CEO of the Scientific and Academic Research group of Clarivate Analytics, said, “Sam Burridge is a world-class transformation leader with a global reputation, who has proven herself able to lead well-established, global businesses, develop high-growth new ventures and lead change and transformation projects over and again. This is a crucial time for Sam to join Clarivate. I am so pleased and proud that she is joining us to help power us through the next phase in the company’s history.”

Sam Burridge, the new Director of Strategy & Transformation, added, “I have long held a passion for the advancement of discovery, evaluation and the impact of research and am very excited to be joining the Clarivate team at this point in their evolution. Clarivate has the heritage and assets, together with the drive and vision needed to solve our customers’ most pressing needs in these spheres. I look forward to using my experience to build on this foundation and to working with the exceptional Clarivate team, to help develop something truly special to benefit research.”

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Wiley Announces Ella Balagula as New EVP of Publishing Business

John Wiley and Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWA) (NYSE: JWB), a global research and learning company, today announced that Ella Balagula has been named Wiley’s new Executive Vice President of Wiley’s Publishing segment.

Prior to joining Wiley, Ms. Balagula was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Engineering Solutions at Elsevier, one of the world’s largest providers of scientific, medical, and technology information, where she was responsible for commercial go-to-market, product management, software development and content acquisition and production in the engineering and academic segments. Ms. Balagula also served as CEO of Knovel – a decision-support solution under Elsevier that enables corporate engineers and engineering students to confidently answer technical questions, drawing upon trusted data from more than 130 providers through a cloud-based platform with powerful search and interactive analytical tools.

“Ella Balagula is precisely the kind of world-class change leader we need to optimize our unique and valuable publishing assets – including our STM, professional, and education book content, brands, franchise authors, customers and partnerships,” said Matthew Kissner, Interim CEO and Chairman. “Time and again, Ella has proven herself in the development of successful new business models, redesign of product platforms, transformation of product development mindsets and procedures, buildout of innovative partnerships, and the realization of meaningful revenue and profitability growth.”

Prior to Elsevier, where she also served as Senior Vice President, Engineering and Technology Markets and Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Corporate Markets, Ms. Balagula was a Principal for A.T. Kearney in their Pharma and Healthcare Division, where she led teams that managed large strategic and operational projects for global Fortune 500 clients. Such projects included corporate growth strategy, channel optimization, and organizational design. Prior to A.T. Kearney, she worked for Citibank and Towers Perrin. She holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and an MS in Mathematics from Odessa National University in the Ukraine.

“Wiley is one of the largest, most respected, and most enduring publishers in the world, and I am honored by the opportunity,” said Ms. Balagula. “I am coming to an organization with an exceptional foundation – terrific assets, strong partnerships, and talented employees. I look forward to working with the team to build on that foundation and create something truly special.”