Global publisher Macmillan has endorsed the strength of science and education in Australia and New Zealand with the creation of a new regional head. David Swinbanks has been appointed Managing Director, Macmillan Science and Education, Australia and New Zealand. His role will focus on meeting the needs of higher education customers and the scientific and research communities, fulfilling Macmillan Science and Education’s mission to empower learning and discovery amongst scientists, professors, teachers, journalists, editors, writers and entrepreneurs.
Swinbanks is relocating from Tokyo, Japan where he was Regional Managing Director for Nature Publishing Group (NPG). NPG is the publisher of Nature, the international journal of science, and a Macmillan Science and Education business. He is currently based in Melbourne and will move to the company’s Sydney office in April.
“This new role is a very exciting one for me. Higher education and research institutions in Australia and New Zealand have a deservedly strong reputation for academic excellence, high quality scientific output and for punching above their weight in the international research community,” said Swinbanks.
“Working together, Macmillan Science and Education businesses can provide integrated solutions to meet the needs of educators, students, academics and scientists here. After more than 20 years working for Nature Publishing Group in Tokyo and the Asia-Pacific, I also see great potential for universities and research institutes here to build strong alliances across the region and look forward to helping make that happen.”
Swinbanks will have regional responsibility for Macmillan Higher Education, Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan New Ventures, Nature Publishing Group, Digital Science and Digital Education. Responsibility for K-12 education solutions from Macmillan Education Australia will remain the responsibility of Managing Director Stewart Gill.