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The Web of Science Group, part of Clarivate Analytics, has appointed Nicko Goncharoff to the newly-created role of Managing Director, Business Development for Greater China.  Reporting to CEO Annette Thomas, he will work closely with the existing team in China, led by David Liu, Executive Vice President, Managing Director for Clarivate Analytics, Asia Pacific and Linda Guo, Vice President, Head of Web of Science Group, Greater China region.

Nicko, who is fluent in Mandarin, will split his time between China and Europe. He will focus on building new opportunities and relationships in the region to accelerate the Web of Science Group growth strategy, by leveraging the power of the entire portfolio of brands, which range from the renowned Institute of Scientific Information and Web of Science to recent start-ups Publons and Kopernio.

Nicko Goncharoff, Managing Director, Business Development for Greater China said: “I am looking forward to ensuring our customers and research partners in China benefit fully from the Web of Science Group’s cutting-edge investments in research workflows, tools and data. Working closely with our excellent team in Beijing, we will incorporate China’s requirements and research practices into our global business strategy.”

Annette Thomas, CEO of the Web of Science Group said: “As the world’s second largest economy, China has seen phenomenal growth in scientific research activities in recent years. The Web of Science Group will continue to deepen our collaboration with China’s academia, research and development network and policy makers to accelerate the pace of innovation in the country.”

Previously, Nicko was Chief Business Development Officer at Digital Science, where he was one of the original team members. Nicko led strategic customer and partner relationships, managed sales teams for publisher and EMEA institutional markets and, as part of the Digital Science senior management team, informed and supported overall product, investment and business strategy.  He was also founder of two AI software startups supporting life sciences research.

In addition to his work at Digital Science, Nicko has been actively involved in several STM industry initiatives to enable sustainable article sharing between publishers, scholarly collaborative networks, institutions and other stakeholders in academic research, including Springer Nature’s SharedIt.

As a further example of Clarivate Analytics’ increasing commitment to the Greater China research community and customers, the company announced the opening of a new office in Guangzhou in South China this week. The brand-new Guangzhou office is situated at GTland Plaza in Guangzhou Tianhe Central Business District. As the largest Central Business District in South China, Guangzhou is home to business clusters of high-end financial services, science and technology, and modern commercial industries.