Digital Science has appointed Daniel Hook as its new managing director following previous m.d. Timo Hannay's departure to launch his own education technology start-up.
Hook is currently director of Research Metrics at Digital Science, a technology company serving the needs of scientific and research communities, and also acts as interim c.o.o. of portfolio company, Figshare. He joined the business four years ago as co-founder of Symplectic, one of Digital Science’s first portfolio companies, and has held a number of roles there. Recently, he has been working side-by-side with Hannay to allow a smooth transition of the business and continuity of leadership.
Stefan von Holtzbrinck, c.e.o. of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, said of the appointment: “We recognise Timo’s immense contribution to the creation and establishment of Digital Science. Its reputation as one of those rare companies truly enabling research to be redefined by technology is down to his vision and the team he has assembled, which includes Daniel Hook. I cannot think of anyone better than Daniel to lead Digital Science into the next phase, so I am delighted to appoint him as the new managing director.”
He continued: “His ability to think strategically has already ensured him a pivotal role within Digital Science, as both a company founder and a business leader. His vision for how our technology can be used and experienced will form the next chapter of innovation and growth for Digital Science."
Hook said he was “honoured to have been asked to lead Digital Science into the hugely exciting next stage of its growth”.
Hannay has served as m.d. since the company’s inception in 2009. He now plans to set up his own company in the EdTech sector.
He said: “I am so proud to have been a part of Digital Science. Its success has been possible because of the passion, commitment and talents of an extraordinary team of people across the world. I wish Daniel and all my colleagues every success continuing this progress into the future."
Digital Science is a technology company that invests in and incubates technology companies serving the needs of scientific and research communities, including academic research organisations, publishers and research funders. It is home to more than 250 staff in the UK, USA, Germany, Israel, Romania and Australia. It is wholly owned by the global media company, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, and will have its reporting line into Markus Schunk, who heads the Holtzbrinck Digital, Information & Services division.