• Meet Our Team


Peter Derycz

Chief Executive Officer and President

Peter Derycz founded Reprints Desk and parent company Research Solutions in 2006 and has served as its Chief Executive Officer and President since its inception. In addition, Peter Derycz is a Director and was Chairman of the Board of Directors through August 2015. A founder of Infotrieve, Inc. in 1989, Peter Derycz served as its President from February 2003 until September 2003. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Puerto Luperon, Ltd. (Bahamas), a real estate development company, from January 2004 until December 2005. He currently sits on the International Advisory Board of the San Jose State University School of Information and was as a member of the Board of Directors of Insignia Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISIG), a consumer products advertising company from 2006 to 2014. Peter Derycz received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles.

For over 20 years, Peter Derycz he has been actively involved in designing, developing and deploying large library and document management systems that focus on delivering large amounts of information to information users in local and global settings.  In the library world, he is known as one of the founders of the “pay-as-you-go” approach to acquiring and delivering scientific information.


Alan Urban

Chief Financial Officer

Alan Urban joined Reprints Desk and parent company Research Solutions in 2011 and has over 20 years of experience in corporate finance and accounting. Alan Urban has previously served in numerous senior management positions, including: Vice President of Finance and Treasurer for Infotrieve from 2000 to 2004; Chief Financial Officer of a leading online poker company from 2005 to 2006; and Chief Financial Officer of ReachLocal (NASDAQ:RLOC) from 2007 to 2009, an internet marketing company that ranked #1 on Deloitte’s Tech Fast 500 List.

Alan Urban has also held positions as an audit and tax manager in public accounting, and as an internal auditor. He holds a BS in Business, with a concentration in Accounting Theory and Practice, from California State University, Northridge and has been a Certified Public Accountant (currently inactive) since 1998.


Scott Ahlberg

Chief Operations Officer

Scott Ahlberg joined Reprints Desk and parent company Research Solutions in 2006 and has decades of experience in content and startup businesses. Scott Ahlberg started with Dynamic Information (EbscoDoc) in the 1980s, then went on to lead Sales and Marketing at Infotrieve, Inc. during many years of rapid growth in the 1990s. After leaving Infotrieve in 2005 Scott Ahlberg provided consulting services to ventures in professional networking and medical podcasting. 

His areas of expertise include strategic planning, operational innovation, copyright and content licensing, and quality management. Scott Ahlberg has degrees from Stanford University (BA, 1984) and the University of London (MA, 1990).


Rogier van Erkel

Chief Commercial Officer

Rogier van Erkel has 12 years of sales management experience at Elsevier, an information and analytics company, and one of the world's major providers of scientific, technical and medical information. In his most recent role, he served as sales director, leading a global team and agent network.

He managed a diverse sales portfolio consisting of four product groups selling to businesses all over the world. In that role, he specialized in information products, input for discovery tools and solutions to optimize and maximize customer workflow. He also served in other senior sales roles in Elsevier and before that, managed sales and operations teams for five years at Renewi (formerly Van Gansewinkel), a leading waste management company operating across Europe.

Rogier van Erkel earned his degree from the University of Amsterdam and his Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen. For charity, Rogier van Erkel coaches start-ups to improve their sales through his involvement in incubator firms Rockstart and ACE.


Marc Nissan

Chief Technology Officer

Marc Nissan has 15 years of experience in systems architecture and technology build-out. Marc Nissan is an experienced software developer with strong hands-on management and interpersonal skills.

Marc Nissan has performed full implementation and integration of custom software solutions for clients, including interviewing users, gathering requirements, analysis, design, and documentation.  During the past 15 years, Marc Nissan has held various technology architecture positions at Infotrieve, Ultralink, and MPDN.


Shane Hunt

Chief Customer Success Officer

Shane Hunt provides leadership resulting in the development of healthy long-term relationships with the Company’s cloud-based software customers, and ensures the daily satisfaction of users across R&D-driven organizations in life sciences, technology and academia worldwide.

Shane Hunt has nearly 20 years of industry experience and was co-founder of 4 Research Solutions Inc., a boutique information industry start-up that the Company acquired in 2012. Shane Hunt attended California State University, Chico for his undergraduate and graduate studies in Psychology. In his personal time, he enjoys spending time with his family and coaching youth sports.


Michiel van der Heijden

Chief Product Officer

Michiel van der Heijden has over 15 years of experience in the STM publishing industry and has held various roles in product technology, product development and business development. His most recent role at industry-leading publisher Springer Nature was VP Business Development, managing a team of product owners, responsible for all institutional academic, government & corporate eBooks and journals business models, including the one of the most prestigious scientific journals: Nature.

Prior, Michiel worked at another STM publishing giant, Elsevier in various product management roles. He served as the Interim Head of the Central Public Services Department at the University Utrecht Library for 2 years, where he was responsible for the development of the digital University Library. In his final year in University he was a founding partner of a Dutch web company focused on the design and implementation of internet applications for customers in the Education and Cultural field. Michiel received his Masters in Industrial Design Engineering in 1996 from the Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands, specializing in Business & Product Development.