C&EN Names New Editor-in-Chief, Nick Ishmael-Perkins

A transformative leader and award-winning journalist, new editor-in-chief sets sights on global and digital growth

By C&EN Media Group

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We are pleased to announce Nick Ishmael-Perkins as the new Editor-in-Chief of Chemical and Engineering News. A transformative leader and award-winning journalist, Ishmael-Perkins will lead C&EN into its next 100 years as it expands its digital and global presence as a trusted and preeminent source of scientific news.

I am honored to join and lead the team at C&EN in this pivotal moment for the magazine. I envision C&EN as a model for science journalism in the next century, with a dedication to maintaining our editorial independence, empowering our talented team, and pioneering excellent scientific journalism that reaches our audience globally and across the digital landscape.”

– Nick Ishmael-Perkins, C&EN Editor-in-Chief

Ishmael-Perkins comes to C&EN from the International Science Council where he has served as a senior consultant since 2021. Previously, he worked as director of SciDev.Net, where he spearheaded the platform’s digital growth with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Through his work, he has developed a stellar reputation for expertly protecting editorial independence and audience trust while facing business and organizational changes. With a global perspective and extensive experience in organizational development, Ishmael-Perkins is well-suited to guide C&EN’s team through global growth and success in the century ahead.

“We are proud to have a talented individual like Nick joining ACS, and we’re excited about the vision, energy, leadership and expertise he brings to C&EN,” says ACS CEO Albert G. Horvath. “His passion for journalism and dedication to supporting his staff will ensure a successful future for our flagship news magazine.”

Ishmael-Perkins joins C&EN on the heels of its centennial year and following the sudden passing of previous editor-in-chief Mohammed Yahia. He will formally join C&EN in February of 2024.

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