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Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Springer Nature
Derk Haank brings a wealth of educational and professional experience to Springer Nature as CEO. He received a Masters degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Amsterdam and continued his academic career as Head of the Research Institute of the Economics faculty at the Free University of Amsterdam. Derk then moved on to a number of high-profile positions with Elsevier, including CEO of Misset, CEO of Elsevier Science and a member of the Executive Board of Reed Elsevier plc.
In 2004 he joined Springer Science+Business Media as CEO and took the same position for Springer Nature upon its creation in 2015. Derk is Non-Executive Director of Dutch telecommunications company Koninklijke KPN NV and energy firm Vattenfall Nuon NV and on the Supervisory Board of TROS, part of the Netherlands Public Broadcasting system.
Chief Operating Officer (COO), Springer Nature
Martin Mos received a Masters degree in Economics and Accounting from the University of Groningen, and began his career as a member of the auditing department at Ernst & Young. He moved on to several positions at Elsevier, including positions in internal auditing for Elsevier International, management roles at Elsevier Business Information and Chief Financial Officer for Elsevier Science.
Martin served as Springer’s Chief Operating Officer from 2004 before moving into the same position for Springer Nature in May 2015.
Group General Counsel (GGC), Springer Nature
Rachel Jacobs holds postgraduate diplomas in Law and Legal Practice from the College of Law, as well as a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Leeds. As an experienced corporate lawyer, she has held roles at CMS Cameron McKenna and various senior positions in the legal team at the FTSE listed media business, Informa plc.
Rachel joined Macmillan Science and Education as Global General Counsel in 2011, before taking up her role as Group General Counsel for Springer Nature in May 2015.
Chief Publishing Officer (CPO), Springer Nature
Steven Inchcoombe read Physics at Merton College, Oxford and qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC. From 1990 to 2000, Steven was at Interactive Data Corporation, where he ultimately became responsible for strategy, M&A and the EMEA region, and during this period the business became listed on NASDAQ. He then moved on to Board positions with the Financial Times Group, including UK Publisher of the Financial Times and Managing Director of ft.com.
Steven joined the Macmillan Board in 2006. From 2007 to 2013, he led the Nature Publishing Group (NPG), and in 2013 became CEO of Macmillan’s Science and Scholarly division, comprising NPG, Scientific American and Palgrave Macmillan. Following the creation of Springer Nature in May 2015 he was appointed Managing Director of its Nature Research Group and most recently promoted to Chief Publishing Officer for Springer Nature in March 2016.
Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Springer Nature
Ulrich Vest holds degrees in Business Administration and Engineering from the universities of Darmstadt and Lyon. He became Manager of Controlling at Procter & Gamble GmbH, and then returned to academia as a research assistant and PhD candidate in the Finance and Corporate Accounting department at Bayreuth University.
Following his time in academia, Ulrich held several high-level positions at Bertelsmann AG, Bertelsmann Fachinformation and BertelsmannSpringer. He became Chief Financial Officer at Springer Nature in May 2015, following 11 years as CFO for Springer.