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Digital Science Announces New Managing Director

By Alex Jackson June 9, 2015

Daniel Hook to lead Digital Science from July 1st 2015
Timo Hannay departs to launch EdTech start-up

London, UK & Boston, USA. June 9th 2015:  Digital Science announced today the appointment of Daniel Hook, currently Director of Research Metrics at Digital Science, as its new Managing Director. Hook assumes this role from Timo Hannay, who has served as MD since the company’s inception in 2009. After five years of successfully mentoring and incubating a portfolio of technology start-ups within Digital Science, Hannay plans to launch his own company in the EdTech sector.

Hook has been working side-by-side with Hannay to allow a smooth transition of the business and continuity of leadership. He has held many positions within Digital Science since joining the business four years ago as co-founder of Symplectic, one of Digital Science’s first portfolio companies. Most recently, he has served as Director of Research Metrics, whilst also acting as interim COO of portfolio company, Figshare.

Digital Science is a technology company which invests in and incubates technology companies serving the needs of scientific and research communities, including academic research organisations, publishers and research funders. It is home to more than 250 staff in the UK, USA, Germany, Israel, Romania and Australia. It is wholly owned by the global media company, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, and will have its reporting line into Markus Schunk, who heads the Holtzbrinck Digital, Information & Services division.

Commenting on the appointment, Stefan von Holtzbrinck, CEO of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, said:

“We recognise Timo’s immense contribution to the creation and establishment of Digital Science. Its reputation as one of those rare companies truly enabling research to be redefined by technology is down to his vision and the team he has assembled, which includes Daniel Hook.

“I cannot think of anyone better than Daniel to lead Digital Science into the next phase, so I am delighted to appoint him as the new Managing Director. His ability to think strategically has already ensured him a pivotal role within Digital Science, as both a company founder and a business leader. His vision for how our technology can be used and experienced will form the next chapter of innovation and growth for Digital Science.“

Daniel Hook added:

“I am honoured to have been asked to lead Digital Science into the hugely exciting next stage of its growth. Some of the most influential global research organisations, publishers and funders from California to Melbourne use Digital Science technology to enable their research to be more efficient and more open and ultimately to propel their research forward to discover more.”

Timo Hannay said:

“I am so proud to have been a part of Digital Science. Its success has been possible because of the passion, commitment and talents of an extraordinary team of people across the world. I wish Daniel and all my colleagues every success continuing this progress into the future. “

Daniel Hook’s biography.

Media Contacts

Digital Science: Lisa Hulme,  (m) +44(0)7941 232333  / (e)

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About Digital Science

Digital Science is a technology company serving the needs of scientific and research communities, at the laboratory bench or in a research setting. It invests in and incubates scientific software companies that simplify the research cycle, making more time for discovery.

Its portfolio companies include a host of leading and admired brands including Altmetric, BioRAFT, Figshare, Labguru, Overleaf, ReadCube, Symplectic and ÜberResearch. It is operated by global media company, the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. Visit and follow @digitalsci on Twitter.

About Holtzbrinck Publishing Group

Holtzbrinck Publishing Group is an international media company active in science and education, consumer book publishing, trade publishing, newspaper and magazines, as well as electronic media and services.

Holtzbrinck Digital Information & Services combines the internet holdings of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. The company acts as a strategic management holding that actively leads its portfolio of companies made up of high-growth and market-leading online businesses, and helps them to develop. For more information, please visit:

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