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Springer Nature expands Management Board with the creation of Chief Commercial Officer role

Berlin, 29  August 2017

Senior publishing executive Frank Vrancken Peeters is to join Springer Nature as Chief Commercial Officer on September 4th. This newly created Management Board level appointment has been established to support the future growth and strategy of the group. Frank will report in the short term to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Derk Haank and then from October 1st, he will report to the new CEO of Springer Nature, Daniel Ropers.

Frank has spent more than twenty years in academic, educational and professional publishing in a range of senior commercial roles. He will join Springer Nature from Wolters Kluwer where he is currently Regional Managing Director (RMD), Legal & Regulatory, Western Europe. He also leads the global Sales & Marketing centre at the company. Prior to joining Wolters Kluwer, Frank was Chief Operating Officer at Infinitas Learning and spent almost ten years with Elsevier Science, where he served as MD Government and Academic Markets, MD Science Direct and MD Global Sales, amongst other roles. Frank entered academic publishing following an early career in management consulting, working with global media clients at Booz Allen Hamilton.

Derk Haank, CEO, commented, “Frank is without doubt one of the best commercial operators in the industry. He brings experience in spades and also the skills and energy to drive future growth. He will be a great addition to the already highly talented and experienced Management Board team.”

Frank Vrancken Peeters, RMD Wolters Kluwer, Legal & Regulatory, Western Europe commented, “I have been following the Springer Nature story closely and have been impressed by its innovative approach to a changing landscape. I am looking forward to being part of the next stage of its development and to working more closely with the many colleagues that I already know there.”

Daniel Ropers, CEO, bol.com commented, “I was invited to be part of the recruitment process and could quickly see the value that Frank would bring to Springer Nature and how complementary he would be to the existing team. The combined experience of the Management Board is industry-leading and I am looking forward to working with all of them to drive our strategy forward when I join in a few months.”

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