Management Team

Frank Vrancken Peeters

Frank Vrancken Peeters

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Member of the Management Board

Frank Vrancken Peeters joined Springer Nature in 2017 as Chief Commercial Officer and became CEO in September 2019. He has spent more than 25 years in the media and publishing sectors, with leadership roles across a range of strategic and delivery business functions in both business-to-business and business-to-consumer contexts. Frank has previously had senior positions at: Wolters Kluwer, where he was Regional Managing Director, Legal and Regulatory, Western Europe; at Infinitas Learning, where he was Chief Operating Officer; and Elsevier Science, where he served as MD Government and Academic Markets, MD ScienceDirect and MD Global Sales, in each case building and growing significant-scale, complex international businesses. Frank holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Steven Inchcoombe

Steven Inchcoombe

Chief Publishing Officer (CPO)

Member of the Management Board

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.

Rachel Jacobs

Rachel Jacobs

Chief Legal Officer (CLO)

Member of the Management Board

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 at Springer Nature in May 2015.

Martin Mos

Martin Mos

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Member of the Management Board

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.

Ulrich Vest

Ulich Vest

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Member of the Management Board

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.

Joyce Lorigan

Joyce Lorigan

Executive Vice President (EVP) Communications

A history graduate from the University of Leeds, Joyce Lorigan has spent more than 25 years in communications.  Recent London-based roles include VP Global Communications of FTSE 100 company Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG plc) and VP Corporate Communications for the Walt Disney group of companies in EMEA. Joyce also spent three years as Director of Alliance Marketing for EuroDisney SCA based in Paris. She joined Macmillan Science and Education as Global Communications Director in 2012 and became EVP Communications for Springer Nature following the merger in 2015.  Joyce chaired the Board of London-based business partnership Urban Partners from 2014-2017.

Gregor Karolus

Gregor Karolus

Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)

Gregor Karolus has spent more than 25 years in research and publishing. He holds a diploma in Business Management and began his career in Research Management at the German Research Centre for Environmental Health, Helmholtz Zentrum München. From 1997 on, Gregor held several senior HR positions at Bertelsmann in the Professional Information Division. From 2002 on, he assumed the Top-HR Function first at BertelsmannSpringer and later at Springer Science+Business Media. Since the merger in 2015 he is Chief Human Resources Officer at Springer Nature. Gregor has also served as Judge at the Industrial Tribunal in Berlin from 2002-2012 and since 2012 at the Higher Industrial Tribunal Berlin-Brandenburg.

Koen Gulen

Koen Guelen

Executive Vice President (EVP) Management Reporting / Planning Analysis

Koen Gulen joined Springer in 2002 and held various positions in Project Management and Finance before becoming Director Management Accounting / Controlling in 2006. After the merger in 2015, Koen took on the role of Executive Vice President Management Reporting, Planning and Analysis for Springer Nature. Koen holds a Master’s degree in International Business from the University of Stirling and a Master’s degree in American Studies from Utrecht University.

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