Our leadership team

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Our Leadership Team

Glen Campbell

Managing Director - BMJ The Americas

Cheryl Shechtman

Business Manager

Joseph Douress

Marketing & Sales Director

Kathleen P. Lyons

Publisher

Danette Somers

Clinical Solutions Manager

Our executive committee

  • Peter Ashman

    Peter Ashman

    Chief Executive Officer

Peter Ashman

Chief Executive Officer

Peter became BMJ's Chief Executive Officer in January 2017 and provides the company with strong leadership skills and a specialist knowledge of the STM industry.



He joined the company in 2007 and served as Publishing Director for nine years before taking on the additional responsibility for BMJ Learning and OnExamination in 2016. Previously, he spent six years at Nature Publishing and eight years at The Lancet in New York.



In 2015, Peter became Chairman of Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers alpsp.org - the largest international association for scholarly and professional publishers.

Peter is a passionate advocate of BMJ's values which maintain the company's focus on its vision to help create a healthier world.

Our company directors

Combining specific industry knowledge with a broad range of experience, our leadership team are dedicated to improving patient outcomes.

The team is committed to delivering our long-term vision of helping to create 'a healthier world.'

  • Dr. Fiona Godlee

    Dr. Fiona Godlee

    Editor-in-Chief

  • Patrick Spencer

    Patrick Spencer

    Chief Operating Officer

  •  Alex Ritchie

    Alex Ritchie

    Finance Director

Dr. Fiona Godlee

Editor-in-Chief

Joe brings valuable insight and dynamic leadership skills to our business as we expand our activities in the US. His ability to translate vision into action will add to our success and realize our full potential within the US health sector.

He has proven success in developing and launching new products and increasing market share in the information services and publishing industry.

Previously, as senior VP of Global Marketing and Sales Development at Elsevier Medical Research, Joe led a strategic marketing program that transformed revenues in the global hospital sector. As the General Manger of the Small Law segment at LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, he led the team that propelled lawyers.com to the top lawyer search site on the web.

Joe is former editor and publisher of Dun & Bradstreet’s Exporters’ Encyclopaedia and has also co-authored best-selling global marketing books published by Prentice-Hall. He serves on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations and is the founder of a charity that benefits seriously ill children.

Patrick Spencer

Chief Operating Officer

Patrick joined the BMJ Board as Finance Director in 2004. As well as his financial responsibilities, Patrick oversees the legal, risk and project management functions.


In 2013, he became Chief Operating Officer and took on additional responsibility for the BMJ’s growing businesses in the US and India.

Prior to his time with BMJ he held various financial roles within international companies, most recently as Divisional Finance Director at De La Rue plc. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 1993 and has a degree in mathematics.

Alex Ritchie

Finance Director

As a member of the Board, Alex is responsible for all aspects of BMJ's finances and risk management, including international subsidiaries in the US, Chinese and Indian markets.
Previously, his role as Assistant Finance Director role broadened into Head of Finance in 2013. Before joining BMJ in 2009, Alex worked at News International and lastminute.com.