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 Margaret Atwood, William Boyd, Richard Ford, Esther Freud, Elizabeth Gilbert, Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, Colum McCann, Sheila Hancock, Ann Patchett, George Saunders, Lynn Barber, Patti Smith and Barbara Trapido. She is a Patron of Index on Censorship and has been awarded Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Letters from Anglia Ruskin University and Warwick University.
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)
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 (Director: Vafa Payman)
is responsible for Bloomsbury Information. He joined Bloomsbury in 2011 and as International Business Development Director led the global development of new business and partnerships, including content marketing, managed services and publishing services. Prior to joining Bloomsbury he was the Director of New Media and Video Publishing at Oxford University Press, responsible for digital, audio and video publishing and products. Vafa has more than 20 years' experience of business, development and digital leadership for start-ups and global companies in the USA and the UK, covering the financial services, software, information services and publishing industries.
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.
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.
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 Ward joined the founding team of Bloomsbury in 1987 from Penguin Books Ltd and has over 30 years Key Account Sales and Management experience. He is a former Bloomsbury Executive Director and has overseen business development in Sales Director roles since the 1990's across all Bloomsbury's book ranges. David is the UK Group Sales Director responsible for teams growing sales of Bloomsbury's portfolio of both print and e-book across all the divisions
Bloomsbury overseas offices
Kate Cubitt was appointed Managing Director for Bloomsbury Publishing's Australian and New Zealand operations in November 2013. Kate's Sydney based team manages the marketing, publicity and product of all Bloomsbury books in Australia and New Zealand as well as driving the sales representation with Allen & Unwin. She began her publishing career in Sydney in 1999, working in various sales and marketing roles at Penguin Books Australia before taking up a senior buying role at Dymocks Booksellers in 2006. She spent a year managing the national sales for Murdoch Books, before joining Simon and Schuster ANZ in 2008 as Sales Director.
New York Office
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.
George Gibson is Publishing Director of Bloomsbury's adult trade list in the United States. He joined Bloomsbury in 2005 upon the sale to Bloomsbury of Walker & Company, the independent publisher for which he had been president and publisher and part owner since 1993. He is responsible for the acquisition of all adult trade titles originated in the U.S. and for the publishing of all Adult and Special Interest titles in the U.S. He is a board member of the Friends of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia and a member of the Board of Overseers of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.
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.
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 Academic Publishing Director and joined Bloomsbury in 2013. His previous roles include Director of Digital Initiatives at ABC-CLIO, overseeing the launch of award-winning platforms, and Editorial Director of Electronic at Greenwood Publishing Group, where he was instrumental in developing Greenwood and Praeger's digital publishing program that included the Dartmouth Medal-winner 'Pop Culture Universe'. Kevin has held editorial positions at Routledge and Henry Holt.
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.
Yogesh Sharma joined Bloomsbury's India office in 2012 as Vice President (VP) Sales & Marketing for the India operations. He was part of the Pearson India start-up team and contributed to the substantial growth in various sales and marketing roles between 1997 to 2004. Following this Yogesh was General Manager for Sales & Operations at HarperCollins India and oversaw significant growth of the business. He has held other senior leadership roles at Springer and Scholastic. Yogesh is a graduate of English Literature.
Mahendra Lodha joined Bloomsbury's India office as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in July 2012. He is a Chartered Accountant, has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and has over 20 years commercial finance experience. Mahendra has held senior finance roles in a range of industries most recently including for Kendle (Inc Research) in India, Midrange Solutions (an IBM Business Partner) in NJ USA and Precious Trade Inc. in New York USA.
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