Simon Ross, formerly Cambridge University Press's deputy managing director for academic publishing as well as CUP global business development director, has been appointed as the new c.e.o. of Manchester University Press.
Ross [pictured] replaces Frances Pinter, who is stepping down after completing a planned three years at the MUP helm. He takes up the role on 1st August.
Professor Alistair Ulph, chair of the MUP Board, said he was "delighted" by Ross's arrival. "He is an outstanding appointment, who brings a clear vision for how he wishes to grow and diversify the range of outputs MUP will offer, backed by a judicious programme of investment," he commented. "This will build on the transformational work undertaken by Frances Pinter to equip MUP with the business systems and people skills needed to deal with a world of rapid and radical changes in academic publishing, for which the Board is very grateful.”
Ross, was also previously managing director of Cambridge Journals, CUP's global journals business. Prior to that he worked in senior management and editorial roles at the Times Publishing Group, Pearson Education, Sage Publications and Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Pinter said she would be spending more time with KU Research, the new arm of her scholarly books project Knowledge Unlatched. KU Research, which is based at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, is set to develop new programmes to bring transparency to Open Access usage data.