When you choose to publish with PLOS, your research makes an impact. Make your work accessible to all, without restrictions, and accelerate scientific discovery with options like preprints and published peer review that make your work more Open.

Our People

Every PLOS article is a collaboration. Each of our journals is supported by a dedicated Board of volunteer editors with specific knowledge in their field, as well as thousands of reviewers who dedicate their time and expertise to ensure the quality of everything we publish. Working in partnership with our passionate internal staff, we are transforming research communication so that anyone, anywhere can read, share, and reuse the latest scientific discoveries.

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Alison Mudditt
Chief Executive Officer

Bekah Darksmith
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Todor Grigorov
Chief Financial Officer

Veronique Kiermer
Chief Scientific Officer

Kristina Martin
Chief People Officer

Ann Michael
Chief Digital Officer

Niamh O’Connor
Chief Publishing Officer

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Alastair Adam
Chair of the Board
Co-CEO, FlatWorld

Suresh Bhat
CFO and Treasurer,
Hewlett Foundation

Michael W. Carroll
Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University Washington College of Law

Victoria Coleman
CEO, Atlas AI

Robin Lovell-Badge
Head of the Division of Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics, Medical Research Council National Institute for Medical Research, UK

Jenny Machida
Managing Director at IMB Development Corporation

Alison Mudditt
Chief Executive Officer

Meredith T. Niles
Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences & Food Systems Initiative,
University of Vermont

Simine Vazire
Professor, Department of Psychology, UC Davis

Keith Yamamoto
UCSF, Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy

Executive Team

Alison Mudditt
Chief Executive Officer

Alison Mudditt joined PLOS as Chief Executive Officer in June, 2017, where her primary role is to ensure PLOS’s continuous innovation, bold leadership, and mission-driven differentiation in scientific communication. Prior to PLOS, Alison served as Director of the University of California Press for six years where she ushered in new strategies to lead the Press into the digital age and as Executive Vice President at SAGE Publications, leading publishing programs across books, journals and digital platforms. Her 30 years in the publishing industry also include leadership positions at Blackwell Publishers in Oxford, UK, and Taylor & Francis Inc., in Philadelphia. Alison is a frequent speaker at industry meetings and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Open Science and the Society for Scholarly Publishing, and on the Advisory Board for the Authors’ Alliance. In the past, Alison has also served on the Board of ALPSP, as Vice Chair of the Scientific Publications Committee and a member of the Open Science Committee for the American Heart Association; on the Executive Council of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the American Association of Publishers; and as Co-Chair of the Dean’s Leadership Council at California State University, Channel Islands.

Bekah Darksmith
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Bekah joined PLOS as its Chief Marketing & Communications Officer in February 2018 to lead strategic development and management of outreach, marketing, and communications. Over the past 20 years, she has worked across academic, not‐for‐profit, and commercial publishing markets, with the bulk of her career spent at the University of California Press in progressively senior roles. Bekah most recently served UC Press in a dual capacity. As its Deputy Director, she developed strategy and oversaw operations for all revenue-generating functions within the organization — marketing, sales, rights and licensing as well as fundraising. As the Executive Director of the UC Press Foundation, she was responsible for driving philanthropic support for UC Press through engagement with its Board of Trustees and administration of the organization’s endowment.

Todor Grigorov
Chief Financial Officer

Todor joined PLOS in 2019 as Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the finance, accounting and legal functions at the organization. He has over 20 years of financial and operational management experience, mostly in the scholarly publishing field. After seven years in senior business management roles at United Business Media, Todor moved to the George Lucas Educational Foundation as its Director of Finance before joining the University of California Press in 2008. Starting as the head of finance & distribution at the Journals & Digital Publishing Division, Todor became UCP’s CFO in 2012, responsible for the fiscal management, budgeting and forecasting of the books, journals and open access divisions there. In addition, he oversaw HR and facilities, and served as Treasurer at the University of California Press Foundation. In 2016, he was appointed CFO at the Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), a leading digital and print publisher serving the California legal community, where he helped lead the organization to doubling its profitability within two years, thus ensuring investment capacity to fund the organization’s largest ever digital-first product launch in 2019. 

Veronique Kiermer
Chief Scientific Officer

Veronique Kiermer joined PLOS in 2015 as Executive Editor, responsible for editorial and content direction and vision for the PLOS suite of journals. Prior to PLOS, Veronique was Director of Author and Reviewer Services for Nature Publishing Group (NPG) where she oversaw the Nature journals research integrity and editorial policies. She also focused on the author and reviewer experience across the publishing portfolio of NPG. Veronique was the founding Chief Editor of Nature Methods and subsequently took on publishing responsibility for the title and other online products. In 2010 she became Executive Editor, NPG, overseeing editorial policies and editorial quality assurance for Nature and the Nature journals. Veronique obtained her PhD in molecular biology from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium and completed postdoctoral work at the University of California, San Francisco. 

Kristina Martin
Chief People Officer

Kristina joined PLOS in early 2020 as Chief People Officer, responsible for guiding global people and culture strategy at PLOS. Kristina has had a non-linear career with 20 years in executive roles with not-for-profit, professional services, technology and equity organizations. Her major areas of focus have been developing practices to embed learning in organizational culture, channeling the power of diversity and inclusion for high performance, and supporting organizations through major transition to expand impact sustainably. Kristina is deeply concerned with equitable access as a precursor to solving society’s pressing challenges, and is excited to be a part of the Open Science community. She most recently served as Chief Staff & Strategy Officer at educational equity nonprofit Partners in School Innovation. She is also the founder of California Action Learning Leadership Forum, a group of cross-industry senior leaders who explore how action learning can develop leadership impact and solve major business problems.

Ann Michael
Chief Digital Officer

Ann joins PLOS as its Chief Digital Officer to drive the development and execution of the organization’s technology, data, and overall digital strategy. She has direct management responsibility for technology, data & analytics, and program & project management. Working collaboratively across PLOS, and through industry collaboration, her team will facilitate the strategic evaluation and evolution of PLOS platforms and processes.

After an extensive career focused on technology and product execution across nine different industries, Ann spent the last 10 years as CEO of Delta Think. There she gained broad exposure to society and commercial scholarly publishers, librarians and library consortia, funders, and researchers. She focused on strategy and innovation in scholarly communications. Ann is an ardent believer in data informed decision-making and was instrumental in the 2017 launch of the Delta Think Open Access Data & Analytics Tool, which tracks and assesses the impact of open access uptake and policies on the scholarly communications ecosystem. Ann is a Past President of SSP, a Board Director at Joule (a Canadian Medical Association company), and a member of the Learned Publishing Editorial Board. She has a MS from SUNY Stony Brook in Policy Analysis and Public Management and an MS in Business Analytics from the NYU Stern School.

Niamh O’Connor
Chief Publishing Officer

Niamh is Chief Publishing Officer at PLOS, having joined as Journals Publishing Director in 2018. As Chief Publishing Officer she provides business leadership for our entire portfolio ensuring that it has a strong value proposition and advances PLOS’ vision and mission. Prior to PLOS, she was the Director of Publishing at the Biochemical Society/Portland Press, leading strategy development and developing collaborative relationships with Boards, Committees and the wider scientific and publishing communities to broaden engagement and support the molecular bioscience community in transitioning to an Open Science culture. Prior to joining the Biochemical Society she spent nine years at the Royal Society of Chemistry in a variety of publishing roles including Publisher and Editor, where she co-created and implemented journal strategies with Editorial Boards to meet the needs of the evolving global scientific community. She holds a PhD in chemistry from the National University of Ireland (UCC).

Board of Directors

Alastair Adam
Chair of the Board; Co-CEO FlatWorld

Alastair Adam received his MA in Law from Cambridge University in 1993. He worked in corporate finance and M&A for Cazenove & Co. in London, before following his wife back to Boston in 1998, where he joined The Parthenon Group, a strategy consulting firm. In 2002, he co-founded The Callidon Group, providing growth strategy and transaction advice to businesses and investors in the Information and Publishing space, including in scientific and scholarly publishing. In 2007, Callidon joined OC&C Strategy Consultants, a multinational firm. In 2014, Alastair led the sale of the business to Oliver Wyman, part of the Marsh & McLelland Companies. He left Oliver Wyman in 2015, to pursue direct investments in Information and Publishing. In August 2016, he and his long-time business partner, John Eielson, acquired FlatWorld with a mission to bring college textbook prices back down to earth. FlatWorld’s high quality, affordable titles are now used by professors in over 1,400 institutions across North America.

Suresh Bhat
CFO, Hewlett Foundation

Suresh Bhat received his B.A. and M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley. He is currently CFO and Treasurer at the Hewlett Foundation, prior to that, he was CFO at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Previously, he headed business finance for the Institutional Client and BlackRock Solutions businesses at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, overseeing all aspects of financial planning, budgeting, forecasting and analysis. He has held senior roles in financial management and financial planning at Barclay’s Global Investors, where he helped lead its sale to BlackRock, and Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., where he served as division CFO for retail distribution, retirement service and international businesses. He began his career at Deloitte & Touche and served in various finance roles at Bank of America. 

Michael W. Carroll
Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University Washington College of Law

Michael Carroll received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and his JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 1996. Before teaching, he practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, DC and served as clerk to Judge Judith W. Rogers, US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and to Judge Joyce Hens Green, US District Court for the District of Columbia. Carroll was a founding member of Creative Commons and still serves on its Board of Directors and was on the National Research Council’s Board on Research Data and Information from 2008 to 2013. He is a member of the Editorial Board of I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, a non-resident Fellow at the Center for Democracy and Technology and a member of the Advisory Board of Public Knowledge.

Victoria Coleman
CEO, Atlas AI

Victoria Coleman received her B.Sc and M.Sc in Electronic Computer Systems and Computer Aided Logic Design from the University of Salford, UK and her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Manchester, UK. She holds four patents and is the author of more than 60 articles and books. She is currently the CEO of Atlas AI, an organization that strives to improve the human condition through data driven insights. Prior to Atlas AI, she was the Chief Technology Officer at the Wikimedia Foundation and was responsible for the evolution, development, and delivery of core platforms and architecture. Victoria previously held senior executive positions with Technicolor, Harman, Yahoo! Inc., Nokia, Hewlett-Packard and Samsung. Victoria serves in several advisory roles including the Board of the Santa Clara University Department of Computer Engineering and as Senior Advisor to the Director of the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society.

Robin Lovell-Badge
Head of the Division of Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics, Medical Research Council National Institute for Medical Research, UK

Robin Lovell-Badge obtained his PhD in Embryology at University College London in 1978 and established his independent laboratory at the MRC Mammalian Development Unit, University College, London, in 1982. In 1988 he moved to the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) becoming Head of Division in 1993 where he is currently a developmental biologist, geneticist and stem cell biologist. He is also an honorary Professor at University College London and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong. Lovell-Badge has long-standing interests in the biology of stem cells, in how genes work in the context of development and how decisions of cell fate are made. Major themes of current work include sex determination, development of the nervous system and the biology of stem cells within the early embryo, the CNS and the pituitary.

Jenny Machida
Managing Director at IMB Development Corporation

Jenny Machida received her BA summa cum laude from Yale University and her MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. Machida brings over 15 years of strategy, management consulting and business development experience to her role as Managing Director at IMB Development where she focuses on strategic advisory and planning work for client and partner companies and customer due diligence for prospective IMB investments. Prior to IMB Development, Machida co-founded and served as Chief Business Officer at the startup medical diagnostics company Sevident and was Associate Director of a research and advisory center at Columbia University focused on advancing diversity in higher education institutions. She was a Principal at Booz & Company and a Principal and co-founder of the Healthcare and Diversity & Inclusion practice areas at Katzenbach Partners, advising large corporations on competitive strategy, organizational performance and leadership alignment. Past clients include General Motors, the Campbell Soup Company, Pfizer, Aetna and the City of Chicago. Machida serves as Board Chair for e&e Technical Consultants and Executive Vice President at Kerma Medical Products. 

Meredith T. Niles
Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences & Food Systems Initiative, University of Vermont

Meredith Niles received her PhD in Ecology at the University of California, Davis and completed postdoctoral research at Harvard University with a focus on climate change, food security and integrated crop and livestock systems. As a graduate student she received several fellowships and awards, including a Switzer Foundation Fellowship and the 2010 Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award from the American Institute of Biological Sciences. In 2013 Niles served as Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students, where she advocated for national and state Open Access policies. She has consulted for environmental nonprofit organizations and private industry and has served on the boards of the UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute and the Russell Ranch Research Facility. Prior to her academic career Niles worked at the US State Department.

Simine Vazire
Professor, Department of Psychology at UC Davis and the director of the Personality and Self-knowledge Lab

Simine Vazire received her B.A. from Carleton College and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the faculty at UC Davis in 2014, Professor Vazire was the Saul and Louise Rosenzweig Chair in Personality Science at Washington University in St. Louis, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2013-2014. She serves as associate editor of several publications, including Perspectives on Psychological Science, Social Psychological and Personality Science, and the Journal of Research in Personality. In 2017, she was awarded a Leamer-Rosenthal Prize for Open Social Science in recognition of her efforts to advance reproducibility, openness and credibility in the social sciences. 

Keith Yamamoto
UCSF, Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy

Keith Yamamoto received his B.S. in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Iowa State University and his Ph.D. in Biochemical Sciences from Princeton University. At UCSF, he has served in several significant leadership roles including chair of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, vice dean for research in the School of Medicine, and vice chancellor for research. Yamamoto has also chaired or served on numerous national committees focusing on a wide range of policy and education efforts for researchers and the public. He chairs the Coalition for the Life Sciences and sits on both the National Academy of Medicine Executive Committee and the National Academy of Sciences Division of Earth and Life Studies Advisory Committee. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Medicine, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and American Academy of Microbiology, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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