Eric Merkel-Sobotta is Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications at Springer Science+Business Media. He has spent most of his career in corporate communications and public affairs/lobbying functions, or as an external agency advisor in Brussels, Washington and Berlin. He is a Founding Member and Member of the Board (2003-2009) of Stichting Lezen & Schrijven, Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands’ foundation to combat adult illiteracy in the Netherlands. From 2008 to 2011, he was Chair of the International Association of STM Publishers (STM) Communications Group. From 2009 to 2012 he served on the Board of the Börsenverein’s Berlin-Brandenburg chapter. He has been on the Board of STM since 2009, and its Chairman of the Board since September 2010.