Samantha Burridge has been appointed director of strategy and transformation of the Scientific and Academic Research division at Clarivate Analytics.
The move reunites Burridge with her former boss Annette Thomas, who was made c.e.o. of the Clarivate division in August.
Burridge was formerly m.d. of the Open Research Group at Springer Nature while Thomas was the publisher's chief scientific officer. Both left the company in March last year.
Clarivate said Burridge would support Thomas in expanding the company's leadership position in the scientific and academic research market. She will take responsibility for developing the strategy for the division, for supporting innovation in data and analytics, establishing best practice for the incubation of new businesses and "for ensuring the company both attracts and retains talented professionals."
Prior to her time at Springer Nature, Burridge was a member of the Macmillan Science & Education board and described as a key player in the transformation of the business. She was managing director of the humanities and social sciences publisher Palgrave Macmillan and held several leadership roles across the group. More recently, she has worked as a consultant across publishing and education, working with boards of both established brands and start-ups, to develop their strategies. She has also served as a member of the Publishers Association academic board and remains a member of the board of the Copyright Clearance Centre.
Thomas commented: “Sam Burridge is a world-class transformation leader with a global reputation, who has proven herself able to lead well-established, global businesses, develop high-growth new ventures and lead change and transformation projects over and again. This is a crucial time for Sam to join Clarivate. I am so pleased and proud that she is joining us to help power us through the next phase in the company’s history.”
Burridge added: “I have long held a passion for the advancement of discovery, evaluation and the impact of research and am very excited to be joining the Clarivate team at this point in their evolution. Clarivate has the heritage and assets, together with the drive and vision needed to solve our customers’ most pressing needs in these spheres. I look forward to using my experience to build on this foundation and to working with the exceptional Clarivate team, to help develop something truly special to benefit research.”
Meanwhile Lisa Hulme has also been appointed head of communications at Clarivate. The organisation said Hulme would play a lead role in creating and leading its master brand and communications strategies and lead teams involved in developing the reputation, awareness and understanding of Clarivate,
Hulme was formerly director of communications at Holtzbrinck-owned technology company Digital Science.
Clarivate Analytics operates in 100 countries, offering analytics via subscription-based businesses focused on science and academic research as well as pharmaceutical and biotech intelligence, intellectual property management, and other areas.