As of 1.9.2009, John Martin (1970) will be appointed as the new COO Learning in the Management Group of Sanoma Learning & Literature. John will take over these responsibilities from the CEO, Jacques Eijkens.

Previously, John has worked as a publisher at Wolters Kluwer, Managing Director at Swets & Zeitlinger Publishers and as Chief Commercial Officer at Swets Information Services. For the last three years he worked as an interim director and strategy consultant for several media companies.

John grew up in Leicestershire (UK) and studied molecular biology (degree and PhD) at Sheffield University. In 1995 he moved to Utrecht (NL) as a post-doctoral researcher.

"I am really excited about joining the team and believe the professionalism of the organisation and quality of the business put Sanoma in an excellent position to become the leading Learning player in Europe," said John Martin.

"We are very happy that John will be joining our team, where he will focus on further developing the learning business and its synergies. We are very much looking forward to working with him," said Jacques Eijkens.

Sanoma Learning & Literature is one of the five divisions of the Sanoma Group.