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Hachette UK CEO Hely Hutchinson to retire

Hachette UK (HUK) has announced CEO Tim Hely Hutchinson will step down from the position at the end of the year, reports the Bookseller.

David Shelley, current CEO of Little, Brown Book Group and Orion, will replace Hely Hutchinson in the role on 1 January 2018. Shelley will report to Hachette Livre CEO Arnaud Nourry and become a member the international board of Hachette Livre and a director of Hachette Book Group (HBG) in the US.

Hely Hutchinson has held the role at HUK since it was founded in 2004, and will stay on until the end of 2018 as a consultant to the Group.

In a statement, Hely Hutchinson said he is grateful for the support of ‘Arnaud, present and former colleagues and [Hachette’s] authors throughout these golden years’. ‘I have always, since my early Macmillan days, loved being part of the publishing world because of its wonderful people and look forward to staying in touch with my author, agent and publishing friends and having time to enjoy my many outside interests with them,’ said Hely Hutchinson.

Shelley said he feels ‘honoured’, ‘humbled’ and ‘incredibly excited’ to take on the role. ‘I have an immense amount of admiration for Tim: he has created a special and successful publishing Group, of which I have long been proud to be a part.’ Shelley said he looks forward to working closely with colleagues across the group’s divisions.

Several other moves were announced at HUK: Jamie Hodder-Williams, current CEO of Hodder & Stoughton, John Murray, Headline and Quercus, will add director of trade publishing of HUK to his current responsibilities from 1st January 2018; HUK group commercial director Richard Kitson will become deputy CEO of HUK; Hodder Education group managing director Lis Tribe will join the executive committee of HUK; and Little, Brown and Orion finance director Emily-Jane Taylor will become HUK director of financial planning and analysis.


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