Emer­ald ap­points new chief as founder steps down as chair­man

Yorkshire Post - Business - - BUSINESS -

PUB­LISH­ING FIRM Emer­ald has ap­pointed Vicky Wil­liams as its new chief ex­ec­u­tive.

The move will see Richard Be­van, who has been chief ex­ec­u­tive since 2010, take on the ad­di­tional role of ex­ec­u­tive chair­man with its founder, Dr Keith Howard, step­ping down as chair­man af­ter 50 years.

Dr Howard will re­main a mem­ber of the Emer­ald Group board.

Ms Wil­liams has held a va­ri­ety of se­nior roles at Bin­g­ley-based Emer­ald in her 18 years at the group, in­clud­ing head of pub­lish­ing de­vel­op­ment, di­rec­tor of busi­ness and de­vel­op­ment and, most re­cently, di­rec­tor of peo­ple and CEO of Emer­ald’s creative agency busi­ness, Re­search Me­dia.

A Cam­bridge grad­u­ate with an MA in In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness from Leeds Beck­ett, Ms Wil­liams is also a keen ad­vo­cate for gen­der di­ver­sity in aca­demic pub­lish­ing, launch­ing Emer­ald’s work­place gen­der di­ver­sity pro­gramme, Stride, and ap­pear­ing as a pan­el­list on the is­sue at in­ter­na­tional aca­demic con­fer­ences and events.

She said: “I am ex­tremely hon­oured to have the op­por­tu­nity to lead a busi­ness packed full of tal­ented and pas­sion­ate peo­ple that put the needs of our com­mu­ni­ties of au­thors, edi­tors, li­brar­i­ans, re­search of­fi­cers, in­sti­tu­tions and their stu­dents at the heart of ev­ery­thing we do.

“With this ethos and a chang­ing aca­demic pub­lish­ing land­scape in mind, we look for­ward to fur­ther col­lab­o­rat­ing with our com­mu­ni­ties to tackle press­ing is­sues, such as im­pact, open ac­cess, big data, and re­search fund­ing.

“Equally, we will con­tinue to cham­pion – as ev­i­denced by our re­cently launched Real World Im­pact ini­tia­tive – qual­ity man­age­ment and so­cial sciences re­search that can be brought to life in ap­plied real world set­tings, and to nur­ture fresh think­ing in those sub­ject ar­eas.”

Mr Be­van said: “Vicky is the ideal per­son to lead and fur­ther in­spire our schol­arly pub­lish­ing busi­ness.

“Sharp-minded, cu­ri­ous, de­ter­mined, steeped in the aca­demic pub­lish­ing mar­ket and with a great tal­ent for lead­er­ship, Vicky has ex­celled in all the roles she has held at Emer­ald, and was the ob­vi­ous choice when it came to choos­ing the right can­di­date for this crit­i­cal ap­point­ment.”

The firm pub­lishes more than 300 jour­nals, 2,500 books and 1,500 case stud­ies.

VICKY WIL­LIAMS: ‘We look for­ward to fur­ther col­lab­o­rat­ing with our com­mu­ni­ties.’

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