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Annette Thomas, S.B., ’93 Ph.D.


Annette Thomas has overseen some of the leading academic publishing, media, and data analytics companies in the world.

Annette Thomas

A trained scientist, Ms. Thomas earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard and a Ph.D. in cell biology and neuroscience from Yale. 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 later served as 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 CEO of Macmillan Science and Education, where she introduced new technology and business models, launched Digital Science, a pioneering technology start-up incubator, and led the organization through its merger with Springer Science and Business Media. Later, Ms. Thomas was CEO of Web of Science Group, a company that provides research insights and analytics to researchers and research institutions worldwide. Most recently, she served as chief executive officer of Guardian Media Group, the parent company of The Guardian and The Observer.

Ms. Thomas 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. She 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 was elected an alumni fellow in 2016.

Resides in Cambridge, England