Dominic Knight, Palgrave chairman and executive director of change programmes at Macmillan Science and Education, is to retire at the end of 2015 after 38 years with the company.
The news has emerged hard on the heels of completion of the merger between the bulk of Macmillan Science and Education's companies and Springer Science+Business Media, creating new company Springer Nature.
Knight, who will step down as president of the Publishers Association this month, will also cut short the usual year spent as "past president" with the organisation when he retires, at the age of 60.
At Macmillan, Knight has held senior positions internationally in editorial, sales, marketing and general management, including 20 years as managing director of Macmillan's academic businesses. As executive director of change programmes, he led the process which saw all UK teams consolidated at the new campus in King's Cross, and the closure of the company's publishing operations in Oxford and Basingstoke.
In a note to staff, Annette Thomas – formerly c.e.o. of Macmillan Science and Education and now Springer Nature's chief scientific officer - said: "Dominic has been an inspirational and incisive colleague to me over the years. I and other senior colleagues have always been able to count on Dominic to step up and take on whatever challenge we were facing at the time. He has been a dedicated manager and a fantastic mentor to many and I know his perceptive and generous leadership will be greatly missed by all who have worked with him."
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