Meet Our Team
Kathy’s most important tasks at Altmetric are to ensure team unity through proper beverage selection at team outings and collaborative poking of fun at our beloved Founder, Euan.
When not doing that, Kathy is responsible for running the company! She works with Euan in setting the direction for product development and the company’s strategy. Kathy originally joined Altmetric as COO before moving to her current role as CEO, and previously worked at Elsevier for 6 years. She completed her MBA at LBS and worked in drug development for 9 years, primarily at J&J. These days, like any good Canadian expat, you will often find her espousing the virtues of hockey, maple syrup and Tim Horton’s (note: hockey is played on ice, not on grass).
Favorite donut: Maple twist (obviously)
About Kathy’s role…
I’m responsible for Altmetric. As CEO, I’m accountable for everything that goes on at Altmetric. I work out where we’re going with the input of the team and then try to make sure that everyone has the tools they need to get there.
In an average day I spend a large portion of my day…. communicating is the best way to describe it. We have team members around the world so I spend a lot of time on email, zoom, and slack and also catch up in person with our London crew. The general aim is to make sure the Altmetric team is heading in the same direction – which can be tough with team members in so many locations! In addition, I spend as much time as I can meeting customers and understanding what is important to them.
The best part of my job is helping others be great at their jobs. Of course, this is making sure our team has the tools and support they need to do their job. But it’s also making sure our customers have the tools and support they need from us. I find it very satisfying to help people do something that they’re proud of or excited about.
The most interesting thing I’ve learnt since starting at Altmetric is oh, so so many things … from personal tidbits to technology and strategy. But on the grander scale, I’ve learnt that if you can create the right company culture, everything else flows from that. However, much like relationships, this is hard work and takes constant attention and love.
The thing I’m most looking forward to next is in the short-term, I’m really looking forward to our end of year wrap up and Christmas pub lunch. We have the whole company come together for this and it’s always a fun, festive, and heart-warming time.