Wolters Kluwer regional m.d. Frank Vrancken Peeters is to join Springer Nature next week in the newly created role of chief commercial officer. The Management Board level position will "support the future growth and strategy of the group," the publisher said.
Vrancken Peeters will report first to c.e.o. Derk Haank, and then from 1st October to incoming c.e.o. Daniel Ropers.
Vrancken Peeters currently leads global sales and marketing at Wolters Kluwer as well as acting as regional m.d. for Western Europe. Prior to that he was c.o.o. at Infinitas Learning and had several roles at Elsevier.
Haank 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.”
Last week, The Bookseller reported that Springer Nature had surged up the world ranking of publishers, cracking the top 10 for the first time with revenues of €1.63bn in its full year results for 2016.
The company created by the merger between Springer Science + Business and the Holtzbrinck-owned Macmillan Science and Education division was formally completed in May 2015.