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About us

  • SN Professional


    As the world’s largest academic book publisher, publisher of the world’s highest impact journals and a pioneer in the field of open research, we understand that we are in a unique position to think differently about what publishing should mean today.

    By using our combined expertise, scale and the reach of our brands, we aim to grow and innovate in order to better serve academic researchers, institutions and the wider public by helping them to access, share, use and apply the very best research and information available.

  • SN Education


    Macmillan Education supports students, instructors and institutions through a lifetime of learning by providing them with world-class content in the most relevant, engaging and flexible formats.

    Our commitment to education is second to none, which is why we remain the most trusted partner to deliver innovative solutions that drive student performance and help educators to deliver excellent results. We operate in five key areas: language learning; schools’ curriculum and Spanish curriculum; higher education and training and support.

  • SN Science


    Our Professional business is one of the leading professional information providers in Europe. The main business areas are Springer Healthcare, a leading medical communications and education provider and our professional publishing businesses and brands in the areas of medicine, transport, business and engineering. 

    Together they provide high-quality professional information and services for a broad range of target groups and are market leaders in their specific fields in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France and Spain.

Our Management Board

Derk Haank

Derk Haank

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.

Martin Mos

Martin Mos

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.

Rachel Jacobs

Rachel Jacobs

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.

Steven Inchcoombe

Steven Inchcoombe

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.

Ulrich Vest

Ulrich Vest

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.