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Steven Inchcoombe takes on new role of President, Research at Springer Nature while Harsh Jegadeesan moves to become Chief Publishing Officer

Reflects growing need to support diverse global research ecosystem  

London | Berlin | New York, 1st March 2023

Effective March 1st, Steven Inchcoombe becomes President, Research at Springer Nature reflecting changes in the global research ecosystem as it transitions to open access. 

In this newly created role, Inchcoombe will be responsible for building even stronger relationships with key global institutional, funder, and governmental stakeholders and growing Springer Nature’s research business in high growth research countries.  

Steven Inchcoombe, President, Research Springer Nature, said: 

“The world is transitioning to OA at different speeds and therefore understanding these differences in order to be able to help and support our partners as they transition to OA is increasingly important. I am delighted to be taking on such a key role and look forward to working closely with colleagues, customers and partners around the globe on their OA journey.”

In recognition of the increasing role technology is playing in delivering a truly customer-centric publishing experience, Harsh Jegadeesan, previously Chief Solutions Officer, steps into the role of Chief Publishing Officer. He will be responsible for the continued growth of Springer Nature’s research publishing businesses, driving its leadership in open access. 

Commenting, Harsh Jegadeesan, Chief Publishing Officer, Springer Nature, added:

“Having been a researcher and author myself, I am extremely excited and honoured by this new opportunity. With the publishing team at Springer Nature being second to none and my background in, and passion for the potential of, new technology I am looking forward to achieving great things for our research ecosystem.”  

Commenting, Frank Vrancken Peeters, CEO of Springer Nature, said: 

“Having a strong and senior advocate role at Springer Nature has been on my wish list for a long time. With his passion for publishing, his deep understanding of the company and extensive skills and experience as a global advocate for Springer Nature with our partners and communities, I could not think of a better person than Steven to fill this role. 

“I am equally delighted to see Harsh move into the role of Chief Publishing Officer given the passion for publishing he has demonstrated over the past year. His experience in leading global and diverse teams to build digital products, platforms and businesses, combined with his deep experience in applying customer-centric thinking and technology, will help us scale our operations and deliver on accelerating solutions to the world’s urgent challenges.”


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Susie Winter | Communications | Springer Nature