Manuela Gerlof and Maurits van den Boogert become Chief Publishing Officers

May 14, 2024

Manuela Gerlof and Maurits van den Boogert have been appointed De Gruyter Brill’s Chief Publishing Officers in a dual leadership role, joining the Management Board. They will replace Jasmin Lange, who has decided to leave De Gruyter Brill.

Manuela Gerlof studied Modern German Literature and Theater Studies in Berlin and Columbus, Ohio, and taught at Hamburg University, before earning her Ph.D. at Humboldt University in Berlin. She has more than 17 years of editorial experience at De Gruyter. In 2013, she became Editorial Director for Literary and Cultural Studies, before being appointed Vice President Publishing for Humanities and Social Sciences as part of the Executive Management Group in 2018. Manuela Gerlof has been instrumental in the strategic expansion of De Gruyter’s humanities and social sciences portfolio, driving the growth of De Gruyter’s open access book program, establishing key partnerships and expanding the publisher’s global presence, particularly in North America.

Maurits van den Boogert studied Middle East Studies at Leiden University, where he received his Ph.D. in 2001 and continued to work as a researcher. Maurits came to Brill in 2006 as Academic Project Manager for the Encyclopaedia of Islam, before becoming Publishing Director for Middle East, Islam, and African Studies in 2019 and Senior Publishing Director in 2021. Maurits has played a key role in developing and growing Brill’s publishing program, accelerating the transition towards open access and further increasing Brill’s footprint as a global leader in Humanities publishing.

Manuela and Maurits will continue the process of integrating the two editorial divisions of De Gruyter Brill. De Gruyter and Brill will continue to exist as independent publishing brands with their respective imprints and programs. The breadth and depth of the publishing programs will be maintained, to continue to offer authors the opportunity to publish with all imprints, within established series and journals, and in as many subject areas as before. The editorial departments at De Gruyter Brill will develop their portfolios in close cooperation with the academic community, to make sure excellent research continues to have a significant impact on the world.

“I am glad to appoint two experienced internal candidates for this key position, reflecting the two strong editorial divisions that De Gruyter Brill is made up of. I expect that Manuela’s and Maurits’ complementary skills and perspectives will further facilitate the successful integration of the editorial team and the development of a joint program strategy. I would also like to thank Jasmin Lange for her excellent work as part of the new Management Board and for the enthusiasm with which she contributed to bringing De Gruyter Brill to life,” said Carsten Buhr, CEO, De Gruyter Brill.

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