New executive team for Semantico

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Semantico has announced the appointment of David McNally as chief executive officer, succeeding the company's founder Richard Padley, who steps into the role of chairman.

McNally joins Semantico from Macmillan Science and Education where, as chief technology officer, he led business transformations that supported strong growth in its scholarly publishing and education divisions. David has commercial experience in digital media and oversaw the success of DC Storm as chairman. His career spans academic research, software engineering, consulting, venture capital and technology leadership in digital media companies including the BBC.

'I’m very excited about the future for Semantico which truly has the potential to become another Brighton SaaS powerhouse. The scholarly market is open for a company offering unrivalled customer service, delivery and quality to establish itself in the leadership position and that’s exactly what we intend to do,' he said.

Semantico has also welcomed Lionel Levy as chief operating officer. Previously at Sony DADC, Levy was responsible for the implementation of Sony’s industry-leading video content delivery platform throughout Europe, supporting the evolving requirements within the sector and helping them to meet the challenges of the digital media landscape.

The executive team is further strengthened by the addition of Jianrong Chen, who joins as Chief Technology Officer. Jianrong has nearly 30 years of experience in technology and has held senior positions at Macmillan Science and Education, Informa, AEGON and BT. Having worked in several different industries, Chen brings a wealth of experience in developing and delivering high-quality software solutions, says Semantico.

Finally, Tasha Mellins-Cohen is stepping up to the executive team as director of product and marketing. In her time with the Brighton-based strategic technology company, Mellins-Cohen has led the delivery of the latest generation of our industry-leading access and identity management system, SAMS Sigma.

'As our industry faces the difficult challenges of digital transformation we are supporting our growing customer base by bringing in an exceptionally strong leadership team to ensure that Semantico is positioned to add value for our customers and ensure they succeed in their commercial goals.

'Between them, this team are proven with deep experience in scholarly publishing and I’m incredibly excited about the future for the company and for the hugely positive impact we can have on our customers and our market,' said Richard Padley, chairman.