The senior team
See the Plc Board page for details of main board directors and company secretary.
Bloomsbury Adult (MD: Richard Charkin)
is Group Editor-in-Chief of Bloomsbury. She began her career in publishing as Editorial Assistant on the art magazine Art Monthly. She joined Virago Press in 1978 where she edited the Virago Modern Classics series. In 1984 she was made Editorial Director, later becoming part of the management team to steer Virago through their management buy-out from Cape, Chatto & Bodley Head. In 1990 she joined Hamish Hamilton as Editorial Director and four years later left publishing to become a literary agent. She joined Bloomsbury in 1999. Her list of authors includes Donna Tartt, Madeline Miller, Barbara Trapido, Michele Roberts, Richard Ford, Esther Freud, Jay McInerney, Margaret Atwood, William Boyd, Georgina Harding, Ann Patchett, Kate Summerscale, Kamila Shamsie, Colum McCann, Patti Smith and Elizabeth Gilbert. She is a Patron of Index on Censorship and is organizer of literary events at the Chelsea Arts Club.
Janet Murphy is Director of the Specialist Division (part of the Bloomsbury Adult publishing division), comprising Nautical (the Adlard Coles and Reeds lists), Sports, Natural History (comprising Christopher Helm and T&AD Poyser) and Absolute Press, acquired by Bloomsbury in September 2011. Janet began her nautical publishing career in 1986 when she was appointed Editor of the Adlard Coles list, at the time owned by HarperCollins. The list was bought by A&C Black in 1990 and Janet was appointed to the A&C Black board in 1992. The Adlard Coles Nautical list was acquired by Bloomsbury as part of its acquisition of A&C Black.
Bloomsbury Childrens & Educational (MD: Emma Hopkin)
Emma Hopkin is Managing Director of Bloomsbury Children's and Educational Publishing. Previously she was Managing Director of Macmillan Children's Books where she led the acquisition of the non-fiction children's publisher Kingfisher. Prior to being Managing Director she was Sales and Marketing Director. Previously she worked in marketing roles at Routledge, where she began her publishing career and Houghton Mifflin.
Bloomsbury Academic & Professional (MD: Jonathan Glasspool)
Jonathan Glasspool is Managing Director of Bloomsbury Academic and Professional. He was formerly Product Director in Bloomsbury's Electronic Media Division. Previous jobs include Publisher with Reed Elsevier in Singapore, Melbourne and Oxford. Jonathan was also Head of Publishing at the Institute of Management, where he worked with Hodder Headline, Pearson and Butterworth-Heinemann. He started his career at Cambridge University Press.
Martin Casimir is Managing Director of Bloomsbury Professional and has worked in professional publishing since the early-nineties, and joined Tolley Publishing in 1995 as Head of Marketing. Tolley was acquired by Lexis in 1996, and Martin worked there until 2006 in a number of roles, latterly as Marketing Director. In 2006 Martin joined CCH as Managing Director and stayed there until 2010 when he joined Bloomsbury Professional initially as Publishing Director.
Kathryn Earle is Managing Director, Berg and Visual Arts, and New Business Director, Academic & Professional Division. Kathryn has run Berg since 1997, and led its management buy-out in 2002. She built the business from a turnover of £350'k to nearly £2'm before it was bought by Bloomsbury in 2008. She has particular expertise with digital products, having conceived of and launched the award-winning Berg Fashion Library. She is also responsible for the development of the fashion list at Berg, and the launch of Berg's journals programme, including its flagship publication, Fashion Theory. As Patron and former Vice-Chair of the Independent Publishers Guild, she currently serves on their Board, as well as the Board of the publishing programme at Oxford Brookes University. Kathryn began her career at the Modern Language Association of America in New York.
Bloomsbury Information (MD: Kathy Rooney)
is Managing Director of Bloomsbury Information which has strategic responsibility for Bloomsbury's work in Qatar in particular with the Qatar Financial Centre Authority (www.qfinance.com
) and Qatar Foundation, including publishing books in Arabic and English through Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (www.bqfp.com.qa
) and digital, open-access, peer-reviewed research journals (www.qscience.com
). In 2009 she was awarded the prestigious Kim Scott-Walwyn Prize which recognizes the 'professional achievements of women in Publishing'. From 2005-2008 she was joint Managing Director of Bloomsbury's German company, Berlin Verlag. Kathy has been Publishing Director of Bloomsbury since January 1987 when she joined the company to start Bloomsbury's Reference Division, and continues to be Editor-in-Chief of the Bloomsbury English Dictionary
. She previously worked for Collins and Longman, and has a Ph.D. from the University of Warwick.
Group service functions - Sales, Marketing & Production
is Group Sales and Marketing Director. Kathleen joined Bloomsbury in December 1998 as International Sales Manager. She began her publishing career working in the leading independent bookstores in Sydney, Australia before moving to Allen & Unwin as Sales & Promotions Manager. She has held a number of senior sales and marketing roles including Managing Director of Bloomsbury Australia based in Sydney. In January 2013 she returned to the UK to take up the position of Group Sales and Marketing Director, responsible for global sales and marketing for the four Bloomsbury divisions, across print and digital.
Katie Bond - Publicity Director joined Bloomsbury in
April 1999 as Publicity Director. She began her publishing career at
Sinclair-Stevenson in 1992 and moved to Hodder Headline in 1995 where she was
Publicity Manager for their literary imprint Sceptre. At Bloomsbury she has
led major media campaigns in 2000 for new titles by Joanna Trollope, Michael
Ondaatje, Will Self and Margaret Atwood.
Louise Cameron is Group Production Director. Previously the Production Director at Continuum International Publishing, she has also been the Publishing Services Director at Kogan Page, Editorial Manager at Children's Encyclopaedia Britannica, Managing Editor at Cassell, and Publishing Manager at The Crowood Press where she began her career as a desk editor in 1988. Louise spent eight years (1990 to 1998) in the USA where she held a teaching post in the Department of English, Philosophy and Languages at Arkansas State University while serving as a freelance editor for various university presses including Chicago, New Mexico and Florida. She joined Bloomsbury in 2011 at the time of the Continuum acquisition.
Stephanie Duncan - Digital Media Director joined Bloomsbury in September 1996 as assistant to Nigel Newton, having worked previously at Sheil Land Associates. She became a special projects manager in 1999 and was actively involved in the completion of the Encarta World English Dictionary among other projects. In 2001, she became responsible for Bloomsbury.com which has grown to include the development of websites, bibliographic databases, and the content digitisation and archival programme for all parts of the Group.
Joanna Everard - Rights Director, responsible for rights sales for Bloomsbury US and UK titles across all the divisions. She has 25 years experience of selling rights, working for various publishers from large multinationals like Reed and De Agostini to independents like Ryland Peters & Small and A & C Black, covering fiction and non-fiction, adult and children's book and every type of rights.
David Duncan is Group Head of Technology at Bloomsbury Plc. He was formerly CTO of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. Previous roles include Executive Director and CTO at Wolters Kluwer UK, Deputy CTO and Chief Information Architect at Wolters Kluwer Health, and Global Head of Development at Adis International. He is a trustee of the IFIS. David has particular interest in the development of digital information products, optimising the content supply chain and in the commercial application of semantic technologies.
Kevin Perry - Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Bloomsbury. He joined Bloomsbury in 2001 as website operations manager, having previously worked for lastminute.com, before and after its IPO, and prior to this as an IT project manager in the civil service. He subsequently developed internal bibliographic systems for Bloomsbury, before becoming Chief Technology Officer in 2010.
David Ward has worked in publishing since 1982, joining Bloomsbury in 1987. He
started his career as a sales representative for Alan
Sutton Publishing, moving to Penguin Books in 1985. In
1987 he was approached to join the founding team at Bloomsbury
as Sales Representative for the North of England and
Scotland. He became the company's Key Accounts Manager
in 1993 and was promoted to National Accounts Manager
two years later. In March 1998 David Ward was appointed
as Sales Director, overseeing a team of twelve people.
He is responsible for sales across Bloomsbury's growing
portfolio, including both adult, children's fiction and
the reference division. He is also a director of the
management Board, Bloomsbury Book publishing Company
Limited which also includes the Plc Directors.
Bloomsbury overseas offices
Louise Sherwin-Stark was appointed Managing Director for Bloomsbury Publishing's Australian and New Zealand operations in November 2012. She began her publishing career in London in 1996, working in various export, sales and marketing roles for Ryland, Peters & Small, Faber & Faber and Hodder & Stoughton before returning home to Australia to take up a senior role with Hachette Australia in 2005. She spent a year merchandising the Australian and UK Google Play eBookstores just before joining Bloomsbury. Louise's team manages the publicity, marketing and stock of all Bloomsbury books in Australia and New Zealand as well as managing the relationship with our local sales agent, Allen & Unwin.
New York Office
George Gibson is US Publishing Director for US operations.
Cindy Loh is Publishing Director of Bloomsbury Children's Books and Walker Books for Young Readers in the US. Previously she was Editorial Director of Sterling Children's Books where she launched Splinter, their YA fiction imprint, with four New York Times bestsellers. Prior to Sterling, she was VP, Editorial, for Scholastic and has held management roles in the children's divisions of Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, and Random House.
Kevin Ohe is US Publishing Director for US operations.
Derek Stordahl joined Bloomsbury in 2012 as Head of Sales, Americas for US Operations and is also responsible for Bloomsbury Academic's global marketing. Prior to joining Bloomsbury he held senior leadership roles at McGraw-Hill Professional, McGraw-Hill International, Osborne/McGraw-Hill, and IDG Books Worldwide (since acquired by Wiley). In these roles and others, Stordahl worked across the world in sales, rights, marketing, publicity, sales operations, and general management. Derek grew up in Montana and has since lived in San Francisco, London, and the New York City area. He is a dual US/UK citizen and graduated from Stanford University.
Cristina Gilbert, Executive Director of Marketing and Publicity in the US, joined Bloomsbury in 2011. Previously she was Senior Director of Marketing at HarperCollins Children's Books, leading the marketing and promotion of their Young Adult list as well as middle grade fiction and picture books. She began her publishing career in the Client Publishers Department of St. Martin's Press and for eight years held various senior marketing and sales positions within the Macmillan companies. At Bloomsbury, Cristina oversees the US teams responsible for all Adult and Children's marketing, publicity and ebook sales.
Bill Sarr is Finance Director for Bloomsbury's US operations. Most recently, while serving as Chief Financial Officer for New Vitality, a direct-to-consumer marketer of nutritional supplements and personal care products, he executed growth strategies that led to double-digit revenue increases. Previously, Bill had a distinguished career at the Reader's Digest Association. In his most senior role as Vice President & Chief Financial Officer for Reader's Digest International, he developed and implemented business plans for geographic expansion into new markets in China, Europe and the Middle East. As Vice President, Corporate Planning & Analysis, he led the financial transformation of the company's planning and analysis function. Earlier, Bill served as the London-based Finance Director for the Central & Eastern Europe Region and developed business strategies that tripled revenue over three years. Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Fairfield University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Connecticut.
New Delhi Office
Rajiv Beri was appointed Managing Director of Bloomsbury Publishing India in March 2012 prior to which he was managing Director of Macmillan India from 1995-2011, head of Palgrave in India from 1990-94, Publishing Director of Macmillan India from 1987-1994 and Publishing Chief of Tata McGraw-Hill India from 1976-1987. Rajiv has extensive knowledge and expertise in the educational, higher academic and trade books markets and is an authority on these areas in the Indian publishing community. Rajiv has an Honours degree in Law with postgraduate management qualifications from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University, and also the Advanced Management Program from the Wharton School, USA.
Diya Kar Hazra is Publisher (Trade) at Bloomsbury India. She began her career at HarperCollins in 1998 as Editorial and Marketing Executive after which she spent 12 years at Penguin where she was Publisher, Hamish Hamilton and Penguin Classics and Rights Director. She worked briefly as Head of Literature Programmes at British Council India.
Anurima Roy is Senior Manager Marketing for Bloomsbury India and is responsible for marketing, publicity and social media for the Trade and Academic lists. She joined Bloomsbury from Hachette Book Publishing India where spent five years and was Publicity Manager. She began her career at Oxford University Press in 2002 where she spent five years starting as an ELT Editor and becoming a Development Editor. Anurima has also gained commercial and marketing experience outside of publishing as a Relationships Manager to the hotel industry.
Yogesh Sharma is VP Marketing for India operations.
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