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.”