Maverick Publisher Relations

Martin Marlow

Principal and President

Martin Marlow is the President and Principal of Maverick Publishing Specialists. He coordinates the Associate teams alongside working as the lead analyst on a number of key assignments. With over 30 years senior management experience in publishing and electronic information, Martin specializes in strategic and operational sales and marketing; product development and management; and publisher/partner relations.

He has delivered and supported a wide range of services including e-journal and e-book aggregation platforms; cross format e-content retrieval systems and numerous online datasets and communities. His customer and market development activities have been deliberately crafted across all main content types, market sectors and steps in the supply chain.

Martin has been a frequent speaker at Industry events in Europe, the United States and Asia Pacific and is a regular reviewer and contributor in the industry press – commenting on sales, marketing and market development strategies, new product innovation and developing industry trends. He was viewed as one of 5 “key thought leaders” in the information industry in the UKSG’s E-Resources Management Handbook on the future of electronic publishing, where he was asked to provide his views and opinions

Prior to launching Maverick, Martin was Vice President of Publisher Business Development + Marketing for Ingram Digital (the digital media arm of the Ingram Content Group) where he was responsible for overseeing the worldwide sales and marketing activities of Ingram Digital solutions to publishers from all sectors, as well as conceiving and directing all their solution and corporate brand marketing. Previous to that, Martin was Vice President for Sales and Marketing for the e-content system development and hosting company, Atypon Systems Inc. Other past positions also include Director of Strategic Marketing for ProQuest Information and Learning, Director of E-Commerce for Blackwell Ltd and Sales and Marketing Director (Academic Division) for SilverPlatter Information.

Rebecca Rinehart

CEO and Head, US Operations

Rebecca is a publishing professional who has over 40 years of experience in all aspects of scientific, technical, and medical publishing—book, journals, periodicals, and online. She is the former Publisher of American Psychiatric Publishing, a division of the American Psychiatric Association, and the world’s leading publisher of books, journals, periodicals, and online resources on psychiatry, mental health, and behavioral science. In this position, she managed acquisitions and new product development, peer review, marketing, editorial, production, rights, and distribution for print and online products, most notably the international publication of the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Psychiatric Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5).

Previously Rebecca served as Senior Director and Publisher at The Endocrine Society overseeing the publication of its four scientific journals, three periodicals, books and CME programs, and Endocrine News. In this position she launched a book program and two new periodicals as well as an online news feature.

Rebecca started her career at Harper & Row Publishers, where she held various production, editorial, and management positions before serving as Senior Medical Editor for acquisitions. She then joined The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to develop a publishing program of books, periodicals, and consumer literature that included the journal, Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Jayne Marks

Senior Associate

Jayne brings over 40 years of scholarly publishing experience to Maverick.  She has worked at senior levels in a variety of companies helping to devise and deliver on business strategies tailored for different markets.  Throughout her career Jayne has responded to ever changing market environments by developing new product, sales or content strategies to maximize new opportunities.

Jayne has worked on all aspects of journal publishing focusing particularly on journal development and strategy.  More recently her focus has been on helping journals and societies to respond to the new requirements from funders for more open publications linked to data sets.  Jayne has worked with a wide variety of society and association partners to help craft publications that meet the needs of their specific markets and members, spanning disciplines from the basic sciences to social sciences and most recently to the unique challenges of clinical medicine.

Starting as a copy editor and proof-reader, Jayne spent a number of years as a managing editor, helping to managing the peer review process.  She then moved to Macmillan, where she worked in a variety of roles on journals and books.  In the 1990’s Jayne was a director of the newly formed Nature Publishing Group and managed a range of Nature journals in both the UK and US.  She then spent three years as the founding director of MPS Technologies – an off shoot of Macmillan Production in India – developing new services to meet the needs of book and journal publishers.

Jayne then moved to the US to work for SAGE Publishing as VP Journals.  Here she helped to expand their journal portfolio and introduce open access journals to the group.  For the last 10 years, Jayne worked as Vice President for Wolters Kluwer Health Learning, Research and Practice, overseeing a broad portfolio of journals, working with medical society partners and introducing new product options to help diversify traditional revenue streams.

Jayne’s primary focus has been on understanding the needs of the customers and markets that her products serve and ensuring they evolve to meet changing needs.

 

Amanda Weaver

Senior Associate

Amanda is an experienced, MBA educated, strategically aware senior publishing industry professional. With over 35 years in B2B, STM and Professional Association publishing, before joining Maverick her latest role was Director – Professional Publishing and e-Learning at the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology), and previously held both Publisher and Publishing Director positions with Elsevier.

Amanda possesses an excellent track record of growing existing businesses and launching new ones. Her wide-ranging experience includes establishing and overseeing an e-learning academy for the IET; standards and good practice publishing; managing journal and books programmes; launching magazines; and developing conferences. Additionally, Amanda has in-depth expertise in winning society publishing contracts; developing and launching e-products; running RFP and tender exercises; and specifying and implementing new publishing systems.

 

Michael Geelan

Senior Associate

Michael is an experienced Executive Chairman, CEO and Managing Director with over 45 years’ book industry experience, primarily in the academic, scholarly and STM sectors.

With an early career in marketing at Pergamon Press, working across scholarly monographs and journals, textbooks, reference books and professional medical publications, Michael is best known as Chairman of the Board and majority shareholder at Eurospan Group, where he oversaw its transformation from a specialist sales agency, focussing primarily on UK and Europe, into a class-leading global sales, marketing and distribution agency. During this expansion, Michael established branch offices in India, Singapore and Australia, each backed by sales agents, local stockholding and country-specific marketing, which were further enhanced by later regional entities in both Latin and North America.

A seasoned publishing professional, and skilled in sales and marketing, leadership, business strategy / development and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), for publishers looking to expand internationally, Michael’s extensive knowledge of the processes and pitfalls in doing so is second to none. His experience in identifying and working with regional sales agents and representatives, local customer engagement and marketing techniques, alongside pricing and stock availability, is invaluable to those he assists.

His M&A expertise is in no small part enhanced by the prominent part he played in the acquisition by Eurospan of Electronica Books & Media Ltd, Turpin Distribution Services Ltd and, most recently, Transatlantic Publishers Group Ltd. Subsequently, he was also lead negotiator on the sale of first Turpin, then Eurospan, to United Independent Distributors (UID) in 2020 (whom he then joined as Vice-Chair and Non-Executive Director to support the Board and the Chairman during the transition).

Michael brings to Maverick not just a safe pair of hands in marketing and sales, but also solid experience at planning and delivering profitable revenue growth in international markets.

Maria Hatfield

Senior Associate

Maria has over 17 years of experience working in the academic and scholarly sector in various roles including publisher & vendor relations, product, account, business development, and senior management. She started in the industry managing the Title Information Department for the subscription agent, WT Cox Information Services and moved on to other roles with the organization culminating in Vice-President of Integrated Solutions. Maria most recently worked as Senior Business Development Manager at Research Solutions overseeing the go-to-market launch and as product owner of their newest product for academic libraries.

Maria has presented at various conferences and has been an active member of NASIG for over 12 years serving on various committees and the Executive Board. She has maintained a keen interest in library technology, standards and data over her career, including being a member of the ISO/TC 046/SC 09/WG 05 ISSN Revision Working Group Committee.

 

Ed Newman

Senior Associate

Ed is a publishing professional with over 10 years’ experience in journals publishing. With a particular focus on open access (OA), he has provided strategic advice, planning, financial forecasting/pricing, and project management for numerous partner clients looking to adapt to the rapidly changing journals market. This has involved the implementation of OA growth strategies for subscription journals (utilising transformative agreements), transitioning to fully OA business models, moving from print to e-only, and the launch of new titles. With the use of data analytics, Ed provides expert guidance on how best to commission new content, engage with a broad geographic market, and take journals to the top of their disciplines.

During his time at SAGE Publications, Ed worked with numerous societies covering engineering, materials science, and clinical medicine. His exposure to such varied academic fields has given him extensive knowledge of the different requirements and challenges faced by each subject area, as well as core insight into how to adapt and evolve in the changing industry. By using market research to inform decisions, Ed provides thorough strategic advice and guidance that is tailored to the needs of the partner.

He also has a wealth of expertise in supporting journal growth through the enhancement of editorial process workflows, peer-review ethics, and the handling of RFPs and contract negotiations. Ed provides exceptional, bespoke account management support for partners looking to streamline their publishing activities and provides strategic advice on how to engage with membership bodies and the wider target audience. The outcome of these activities has been to produce well organised, efficient systems that enable continued growth and development.

Martin Davies

Senior Associate

Martin has over 30 years’ experience of working in the publishing industry. He has worked in a range of sectors including professional, academic, medical, and educational publishing. Before joining Maverick, his latest role was Head of Digital Learning Products at the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) and has previously held e-Learning Director and Publisher roles at Wiley and Editorial Director and Publisher roles at Hodder Education.

Martin has wide-ranging experience from researching and launching e-commerce enabled digital learning platforms, developing textbook programmes for the school, FE and HE sectors in both domestic and international markets as well as the development of professional health sciences book and journal products for global consumption. Additionally, Martin has in-depth knowledge of working collaboratively with membership organisations, digital learning platforms and authoring tools, agile product development, running RFP and tendering exercises and market research projects both in the UK and internationally.

Rob McPherson

Senior Associate

Rob adds over 30 years of highly-technical experience in the STM / Scholarly publishing and Distribution industries – together with a track record of calm, pragmatic and incisive lateral thinking – to the Maverick team

From his early career in IT Development at Blackwell Science and then Marston Book Services, Rob quickly moved into project management, business analysis and then senior management with Ingenta, before setting up his own consultancy company and subsequently working with United Independent Distributors.

Rob has worked internationally in India, Sri Lanka, China and Australia; relocating to Sri Lanka for a number of years to set up and run an offshore development centre. He is also the author of white papers on prospective market expansion, third-party representation and M&A projects in China and Australia.

His project management experience includes the end-to-end implementation of ERP solutions, warehouse management systems, B2B/BC2 e-commerce systems, data warehouses, third-party logistics integration and inventory transition projects.

A highly experienced business consultant and corporate trouble-shooter, his areas of expertise include: RFP generation, feasibility studies, lost-revenue recovery, cost-saving projects and post-implementation reviews. Rob also has significant product management experience and has created numerous third-party integrations, reseller agreements and associated legal contracts.

Micah Vandegrift

Senior Associate

Micah Vandegrift is a librarian with more than a decade of experience developing strategic and practical approaches to open science on university campuses. He has a distinct knowledge of library positioning in the evolving research environment, especially in the areas of open science, digital scholarship, and open publishing. His portfolio includes: consulting with campus-based open access journals on improving discovery, institutional repository development, experimental publishing with new and emerging media, and an advanced knowledge of intellectual property.

Micah researched the overlap between open science policies and technical infrastructure in Europe as a Fulbright-Schuman Research Fellow in 2018-2019. His project, titled “Open Scholarship Policies and Technologies: The European Research Library as a Model for Advancing Global Scholarly Communication,” was carried out at Maastricht University in The Netherlands and at the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen. This research has led to a deeper interest in sustainable open infrastructure and scientific community management.

Micah is confident and passionate about centering researchers and their needs in the evolution of scholarly communication, examining and preempting research policy changes at local and national levels, and exploring new modes of research communication and their impact. He approaches challenges methodically and creatively, and borrows liberally from software development approaches to project development.

Anjali Chadha

Senior Associate

Anjali is a publishing professional with over 23 years of experience spread over academic and scholarly publishing and content development. Before joining Maverick, her latest role was as Publisher and head of publishing program at Wiley India, an Indian subsidiary of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. She has established credentials in acquiring, developing and delivering content across higher education domains, both in print and digital formats; development and delivery of differentiated versions of global bestsellers for international markets; and design of new product series and innovative learning solutions based on market intelligence and customer requirement. She has been closely involved in the planning and implementation of dynamic publishing strategies for business growth, cost rationalization, improved profitability and smooth operations across business functions.

After completing her PhD in Chemistry from IIT Delhi, she has worked on government fellowships with two of the leading research organizations in India – Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in the area of scientific information and documentation. This built additional expertise for retrieving, interpreting and analyzing scientific information from a range of sources, and its collation and dissemination in specified format; compilation and editing of monographs; and in abstracting and indexing scientific research papers.

Joe Schick

Affiliate Senior Associate

Joe is a business development and marketing executive in the global publishing and educational technology industries. He specializes in turning complex initiatives into successful partnerships and complicated ideas into straightforward messages and content.

Joe began his publishing career in 2001 at Pearson, where he managed a rights-acquisition team before moving into business development. There, he managed digital content licensing partnerships and negotiated new relationships with retail and library platforms in the nascent world of eBooks and digital audiobooks. In 2008, Joe moved to the Ingram Content Group, where he worked primarily with educational publishers who were beginning to create digital textbooks. He then successfully acquired multilingual eBook and audiobook content from the major trade and academic publishers in the UK, Europe, Canada, ANZ, and beyond for Baker & Taylor. He expanded his work into product development at library technology provider Bibliotheca, where he led the design and launch of the Opus eBook lending platform.

Since 2016, Joe has been working as an independent consultant to technology companies and nonprofits, including Stockholm-based Plotagon, where he launched and ran their animation software product for corporate and academic e-learning. Today, he is the Principal & Co-Founder of Schick Creative, a boutique marketing agency for businesses and nonprofits, where he combines his business development experience with creative content creation. Joe holds a B.A. in History from Brandeis University and lives in the Boston area.

Matthew Salter

Senior Affiliate Associate

Matthew Salter is the founder and CEO of Akabana Consulting LLC and is a multi-lingual publishing executive with over 20 years of experience in scholarly publishing and research communications. Following a successful career in academic research at leading institutions in the UK and Japan, he transitioned into STEM publishing and science communication and has worked in senior roles at leading commercial and learned society publishers. These include NPG Nature Asia-Pacific (now part of SpringerNature) where he headed up MacMillan Science Communication, the custom-publishing arm of Nature Publishing Group, and IOP Publishing where he led partner publishing and business development in the Asia-Pacific region and managed the Tokyo and Beijing offices. In 2016, Matthew moved from Japan to the east coast of the US as the first ever Publisher of the American Physical Society (APS), a position he held until the end of 2021. On leaving APS, Matthew founded Akabana Consulting to deliver strategic  scholarly publishing editorial and language services to the international research community.

Matthew’s work is driven by a passion for research and scholarship, and a focus on delivering innovative and client-focused publishing and research dissemination solutions with compelling value propositions. His experience spans publishing and business strategy, new journal launches and portfolio design, editorial services, and content creation, as well as marketing and social media strategy.

In his publishing career Matthew has launched multiple journals and has a proven track record of creating innovative science communication tools, growing high-quality journal content, driving open access and open science, and increasing publishing revenues. He also has extensive experience working with non-profit organizations and is a former Board member of STM and CHORUS.

Matthew holds a BSc and PhD in chemistry (Imperial College). He is a former Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Research Fellow (Tohoku University), Lecturer in Organic chemistry (King’s College London) and a JST ERATO staff member at the University of Tokyo. He is fluent in Japanese, proficient in Mandarin Chinese, and has extensive experience of Asian business cultures.

Dr Neeraj Mehta

Senior Affiliate Associate

Dr Neeraj Mehta is a Publishing and Life Sciences solution expert, having over 17 years of cumulative experience at various levels in Consulting, Solution Selling in Pharma & Publishing, Market Research, Teaching, Drug Discovery and Preclinical Evaluation, Pharmaceutical Research and Development. He has served organizations such as WILEY, SmartAnalyst, Panjab University, Punjab Technical University, Council of Scientific an Industrial Research, University Grants Commission and Panacea Biotech. Neeraj has been involved in leading strategy development, delivering profitable outcomes, incorporation of rationalizing, cost saving initiatives and resolving of significant operational matters. He has built highly profitable businesses from scratch by creating high performance collaborative sales & project teams. He is currently engaged in global consulting assignments related to discoverability enhancement solutions for publishers/societies/associations, while also acting as advisor to companies offering technology solutions to life sciences companies.

Neeraj is M.Pharm., Ph.D. in Drug Discovery and PGDM in Marketing and International Business. He has been an Author with Elsevier & Springer, and, Reviewer with Bentham Sciences He has 6 Patents, 4 Research Papers in International Journals, 3 Poster Presentations in International Conferences and 35+ Poster Presentations in National Conferences (including 4 Best Poster Awards) to his credit. He is a “foodie”, who loves to travel, cook and play chess in his free time!!

Marie Hooper

Affiliate Senior Associate

Marie has over 20 years’ experience in academic and professional STM publishing and information analytics as well as non-profit and consulting tenure. During her time at Elsevier, she held international leadership roles across book acquisitions, project management, strategy, and operations. Most recently, as VP of Health Customer Services at Elsevier, Marie drove effective cross-matrix collaboration to implement a SaaS customer experience / customer success model.

Marie’s skills range from: customer experience / success; operations management; strategy planning; project management; change management; process, workflow and organisational analysis and redesign; data driven problem solving; continuous improvement; book acquisitions; coaching, mentoring and team leadership.

A passionate problem solver, self-starter, and “best practice” advocate, Marie has a particular keenness for data driven decision making and process improvement to deliver impact and insight. Via a “can-do”, results driven attitude combined with a collaborative approach, she specialises in improving operational efficiency and embedding a customer experience focus across organisations.

Marie is a driven and impassioned customer-focused consultant available for project level consulting and interim management. She is energised by resolving complex issues and delivering measurable impact to drive profitable service improvement and sustainable customer success.

Ana Heredia

Affiliate Senior Associate, Latin America

Ana is a former researcher who moved first into STEM editorial and publishing, and more recently into open science infrastructure.

After more than 15 years in research, Ana joined Elsevier as a Research Advisor for Latin America, developing extensive relationships and partnerships within the research community: universities and research institutions, learned societies, government agencies and funding agencies. At Elsevier Brazil, Ana joined the Journal’s Department, managing acquisitions, the daily editorial and production workflow, and acting as a strategic consultant for societies journals in their strategy and indexing challenges. She then worked as a consultant for the Research Intelligence team, providing insights and solutions for research institutions and agencies.

After Elsevier, Anna then changed from commercial publishing to the non-profit space as Regional Director for Latin America for ORCID. here she was responsible for driving the community engagement and membership strategy in the region.

Ana is a Biologist by training, and has a PhD in Science (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and a Msc in Neuroscience (Université Toulouse III), two post-doctorates fellowships and a few papers published on Eco-ethology of ants. She is an active member of SSP – Society for Scholarly Publishing, NISO and C4DISC, and is particularly committed to open research and equity, inclusion and diversity in scholarly communication. She is fluent in English and French, and native in Portuguese and Spanish.

Julia Brockley

Senior Affiliate Associate

Julia combines content development and list building expertise with partner relationship management skills acquired from over 25 years of experience in academic and scholarly publishing. With creativity, market insight and a flair for anticipating emerging disciplinary trends, Julia has held senior-level publisher/commissioning roles in at a number of companies including, Palgrave Macmillan, (Springer-Nature), Routledge, (Taylor & Francis), Chadwyck Healey, (ProQuest), SAGE Publishing, and Berg Publications, (Bloomsbury Academic).

During her career, Julia has commissioned and managed journals, (including society-owned ones), digital resources and books, spanning all product categories, (textbooks, major reference works, and monographs). She approaches the process of content development with creativity and commercial judgement, and a keen eye to strategic list development. Many of her textbooks are now in their fourth or fifth edition, and a number of her launch journals including New Media & Society, (1999), and The Journal of Visual Culture, (2002), helped define their respective disciplines and continue so to do.

Julia believes passionately in the social value of publishing and is inspired and excited by the pace of change in the industry. In professional terms this translates into the pursuit of a sustainable Open Access model for HSS book publishing.

Julia’s skills span all the content development functions including pre-commissioning research, competitor and market analysis, author/editor selection, advisory panels and peer review, business case development, financial and investment appraisal. In addition, she can offer a board range of team management experience developed both within publishing as well as outside the industry.

Tao Tao

Affiliate Associate, China Specialist

Tao Tao’s entire career has been in scholarly publishing and communication. She started as an Associate Editor of the Chinese Medical Journal, the oldest Chinese academic journal published in English.

Later she joined the Charlesworth Group, a UK publishing services company, and helped establish their first overseas office in Beijing from scratch. There she held the position of General Manager for 15 years, before moving to the US office and taking the position of Vice President China Sales. In 2018 Tao became an Independent Consultant focusing on China market research and development. In this new role she helps both western organizations to explore and further penetrate into China, as well as Chinese publishers to grow their impact internationally.

She is also an active member and volunteer of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (as a member of the Community Engagement Committee) and is also a Scholarly Kitchen chef.

Charly Nobbs

Senior Affiliate Associate, Supply Chain, Distribution and Logistics
With over 40 years Industry experience, Charly specialises in Supply Chain Optimization, delivering significant and sustainable improvements across local, regional and global publishing supply chains. He has considerable experience reviewing logistics arrangements and distribution operations, delivering increased productivity and improved accuracy, whilst at the same time reducing time to market and overall costs. He has also helped many publishers increase their revenue by working with them to develop fully integrated solutions to allow them to transition to lean inventory models by exploiting the latest short and ultra-short print capabilities. Additionally, he specializes in warehouse design, redesign and automation as well as systems selection, integration and upgrading. He can also assist with the review, selection and negotiation with domestic, international and global freight suppliers.

Charly’s earlier career started in 1975 with Grantham Book Services where he ran the warehousing operation. In 1988 he joined Cambridge University Press, working predominantly at their UKDC, but also spending time at all their other operations around the world. In 2003 he moved to Wiley, becoming responsible for Distribution and Customer Services in the UK, Singapore and Australia. Promoted to Vice President, Global Supply Chain in 2014, he was responsible for the global distribution and inventory management of all Wiley book and journal products in print. He developed optimal logistics arrangements globally to support their network of distribution centres, ensuring consistent provision of a cost effective and market leading service to all internal and external customers.

Clare Painter

Affiliate Associate
Clare Painter is a well-known rights and licensing professional, helping publishers and content-owning organisations to manage digital licensing and reduce copyright risk, especially where licence terms need to be both effective and practical.

She has a particular expertise in digital rights, and works with an unusually wide variety of clients: book and journal publishers, professional membership associations, NGOs, microbusinesses, business schools and universities, case study providers, information professionals and university presses.

She acts as copyright and permissions consultant at Oxford University Press Journals, and associate at award-winning digital licensing agency Attwooll Associates. She writes regularly on copyright issues for information professionals on the Jinfo subscription service.

Clare was involved with digital rights from the early days in the 1990’s, as Rights Director at multi-platform reference publisher Helicon Publishing, a pioneer in electronic and multimedia publishing. In 2002 she became independent, first on a freelance basis and then setting up Clare Painter Associates Ltd, so as to offer practical and commercial copyright management practices both to publishers and to others using content online.

Clare combines strategic overview, market knowledge and an eye for contractual detail. Her focus is on copyright audits, digital rights strategy, licensing contracts and permissions.

Donna Sanzone

Affiliate Associate
Donna brings to Maverick more than 30 years of executive-level experience in academic, reference, educational, and trade publishing, specializing in strategic planning, new product development/management, publisher/partner relations, and the transition from print to digital for both commercial and not-for-profit companies and organizations. Over the course of her successful career, she has provided the vision as well as strategic direction for many publishers, often working in close collaboration with educational/cultural institutions and scholarly societies (for instance, the Getty Art History Information Program, Smithsonian Institution, and the American Studies Association).  Her background and extensive experience have given her unique insight into the business requisites of commercial publishers as well as the mission of scholarly/not-for-profit organizations, resulting in the development and execution of successful, high-quality, market-driven, and profitable products and programs for a wide range of publishers and organizations.

Career highlights include:  Executive Editor at Macmillan Reference (developing and implementing large-scale reference/academic programs); Editor in Chief at Grolier Academic Publishing (developing and managing a new Grolier division of academic print and digital products); Executive Editor at HarperCollins (creating and directing the joint Smithsonian-Collins imprint); VP of new product development at M.E. Sharpe (developing, implementing, and distributing new digital products and academic databases); and Consultant/Project Manager at Choice/Association of College and Research Libraries (developing and managing a new review database).

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