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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 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.
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.
Chief Scientific Officer (CSO), Springer Nature
Annette Thomas started her career as a scientist, receiving a degree in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Harvard and a PhD in Cell Biology and Neuroscience from Yale University. She has gone on to forge a career in publishing spanning over 20 years. She joined Macmillan Publishing Group in 1993 as Cell Biology editor for Nature, she was the launch editor of Nature Cell Biology and went on create and launch the Nature Reviews series. She became Managing Director of Nature Publishing Group in 2000 and Chief Executive of Macmillan Publishers in 2007.
Always focused on innovation that advances scientific research, she created the start-up incubator, Digital Science, in 2010 and was appointed CEO of Macmillan Science and Education when it was created in 2011. Annette became Springer Nature’s Chief Scientific Officer, leading a global portfolio, in May 2015. She has served as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and on the board and as an advisor to Creative Commons.