De Gruyter Establishes ‘Global Communications Function’

De Gruyter, publisherDe Gruyter announced today that it is establishing a “global communications function” to improve communications with researchers, librarians and business partners and to expand and increase employee communications.

Eric Merkel-Sobotta will join the academic publisher on October 1 as Director of Communications and will lead the effort. He was previously at Springer Science+Business Media (now Springer Nature), where he was responsible for global communications, policy and external relations..

“Our ambitious plans, both in terms of expanding our portfolio and in becoming the publisher of choice for researchers in social sciences, humanities, science and technology and medicine require increased, professional communications globally and internally,” said Carsten Buhr, managing director of De Gruyter. “In Eric Merkel-Sobotta, we have found someone with both the experience to handle the challenge as well as someone with a practical, but creative approach. All of us at De Gruyter are looking forward to working with him.”

According to a press release, Merkel-Sobotta’s appointment is “within the context of the company’s demanding strategy to increase the awareness among researchers and librarians across the globe of the high-quality publishing and distribution options that De Gruyter offers.”

“I’m eager to contribute to achieving De Gruyter’s goal of becoming the partner of choice in its areas of expertise, and am pleased to have found professional and dedicated colleagues who share my enthusiasm for excellence in academic communications,” said Merkel-Sobotta.

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