Senior Vice President Innovation & Product Development
Areas of expertise: STM journal and database publishing, new dimensions of content, customer workflows, new publishing concepts and business models, customer focused product development, innovation
Bernard’s core focus is on creating new and enhanced benefits for Elsevier’s customers: researchers in the author, reviewer, editor, and end user roles, as well as third parties. With his global Innovation & Product Development team, he applies innovative angles to accomplish this by developing new concepts, services and products.
Key areas are: content innovation, researcher workflow tools, online commercial solutions, conferences, publishing business models and (mobile) access concepts. Bernard’s ultimate goal is to help Elsevier accelerate the progress of science by enabling researchers to have relevant insights faster and more easily.
After joining Elsevier in 1995, Bernard fulfilled several publishing and publishing management roles in the areas of Life Sciences and Physical Sciences (Amsterdam and Oxford). He served as CEO of the online Abstracting & Indexing (A&I) company, Elsevier Engineering Information (New York) and Elsevier MDL (San Francisco). An early experimenter with online journals, Bernard helped drive Elsevier’s A&I publishing business online, initiated digitization of archival A&I content, and database development in corporate markets. Bernard was instrumental in Elsevier’s entrance of the Chinese scientific publishing market in 2004 and the initiator of the Elsevier Grand Challenge, Elsevier’s early crowd sourcing innovation event, launched in 2008.
Prior to joining Elsevier, Bernard served as a publisher at Wolters Kluwer Academic Publishers (now Springer). He holds a MSc in Biology from Utrecht University. Bernard has served on the boards of NFAIS and of the B2B/STM section of the Dutch Publishers Association.
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