Stefan von Holtzbrinck is the vice chairman of the American Academy in Berlin.
Holtzbrinck is the CEO of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, a family-owned German media and publishing group with broad interests in research publishing (Springer Nature), educational content (Macmillan Learning), consumer books (Macmillan Publishers), and technology (Digital Science, HV Holtzbrinck Ventures).
The group parents such companies as Scientific American, St. Martin’s Press, Henry Holt, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, S. Fischer Verlage, and Die ZEIT. It has ownership and stakes in over 50 Internet companies and funds.
Von Holtzbrinck studied law and literature in Tübingen and Munich and earned his PhD in media law from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University. He has held positions at Bloomsbury, Kirch Media Group, and at the New Media division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, including as managing director of Nature Publishing Group, director of Macmillan, and, since 2001, as CEO of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.
A member of the executive committee of the Max Planck Society, von Holtzbrinck serves as chairman of the Max-Planck-Förderstiftung and the Kuratorium Kinderfreundliches Stuttgart. He is also a board member of the Bürgerstiftung Stuttgart and of the Business and Industry advisory board of the Goethe Institute.