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Clarivate appoints Birkle to lead Converis

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Clarivate Analytics has appointed Caroline Birkle as general manager of its research information management system, Converis. 

Converis supports universities, research institutions and funding agencies in collecting and managing data across the research life cycle. Birkle will join Converis in April, based in Karlsruhe, Germany, and will manage an international team across Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia.

Converis is used by faculty, librarians and research managers globally to showcase the outputs and impact of research. It offers integration with data, platform and products from Clarivate Analytics, such as Web of Science, InCites and Derwent Innovation Index.

Birkle will join from Thieme Chemistry in Germany, where she is managing director and leads a team including editorial, production and software development. Previously, Birkle held publishing positions with the Royal Society of Chemistry and Thomson Reuters before moving to Holtzbrinck Publishers, where, as vice president, she led business intelligence for STM and coordinated the integration of Macmillan and Springer Nature.

Birkle said: 'The research landscape is changing at an unprecedented rate, with technological opportunities creating a pace within the research life cycle that is exhilarating and challenging. The opportunity to join Converis and work together with research offices globally, creating meaningful solutions that address industry needs, is one I am really looking forward to. I am proud to be joining this highly skilled and entrepreneurial team working within one of the industry’s most exciting and dynamic business groups.'

Annette Thomas, CEO of the Scientific and Academic Research Group at Clarivate Analytics, said: 'I am delighted to welcome Caroline to our growing team; with her deep understanding of the research market, commercial and strategic acumen, as well operational and transformational experience, she is ideally suited to lead Converis during its next phase of growth and expansion. 

'Converis currently supports a wide variety of customers in more than 20 countries and it’s our intention to significantly evolve and strengthen its position in the market by integrating more data and by providing a more streamlined product offering. Caroline’s experience will benefit us tremendously as we expand, and accelerate innovation and growth.'