Thursday 5th May – guest speaker Anthony Forbes Watson


Date(s) - 05/05/2016
6:30 pm


Anthony Forbes Watson

Anthony Forbes Watson

Anthony Forbes Watson

Anthony started out in international sales at the Oxford University Press in 1977 armed with an English & Related Literature degree from York and moved on to William Collins/HarperCollins in 1980, where he held a series of domestic and international sales & marketing roles.  He moved to Pearson in 1990, first as MD of Pitman Publishing, then as MD of Ladybird Books before becoming MD of Penguin UK in 1996 and CEO in 2000. Served as President of the UK Publishers Association in 2002-3.  Anthony left Penguin in 2005, provided consultancy for Hachette Group UK, Bloomsbury, Simon & Schuster US, and participated in a bid to buy Waterstones out of HMV.  In 2008 took his current role as MD of Pan Macmillan, winner of Publisher of the Year award in 2015.  Anthony is married to Jenny and they have two children, Matilda and Nick.



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