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Annette Thomas, S.B., ’93 Ph.D.


Annette Thomas is a cell biologist who has spent most of her career in scientific publishing, most recently as the chief scientific officer of Springer Nature.

Annette Thomas, S.B., ’93 Ph.D.

Previously, Ms. Thomas served as CEO of Macmillan Science and Education, one of the world’s largest and leading academic publishers. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Harvard in 1986, Ms. Thomas earned a Ph.D. at Yale in cell biology and neuroscience in 1993. Upon graduation, she joined the journal Nature as an associate editor for cell biology. She became launch editor of Nature Cell Biology in 1999 and created the Nature Reviews series, one of the most highly cited scientific review journals. Ms. Thomas was appointed managing director of Nature Publishing Group in 2000 and was later appointed chief executive officer of Nature Publishing Group’s parent company, Macmillan Publishers Ltd., where her responsibilities included global education and consumer book publishing. In 2012 Ms. Thomas became chief executive officer of Macmillan Science and Education. She introduced new technology and business models and launched Digital Science, a technology start-up incubator. She was recognized with the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize for exceptional women in publishing and is a recipient of the Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal awarded by Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Ms. Thomas has served as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Biotechnology Information and on the board of Creative Commons. She is currently a governor of the Stephen Perse Foundation and was elected Alumni Fellow in 2016.

Resides in London, England