Simon Mason takes top job at The Book People

News - Bookselling Friday, 18 January 2019

Chief operating officer Mason appointed ceo as William Wellesley steps down after four-year stint

Mason said: "The Book People is an amazing business full of very passionate people with a real love of reading. I feel inspired to come to work every day knowing what we are doing to get more books into the hands of people all over the country. Our focus on children’s books and our increasing activities in schools means that we are really well placed to make a real difference to people’s lives.

"We have some very exciting things planned for 2019 including a significant increase in the number of school book buses and school book fairs that in 2018 gave away £300,000 worth of free books to schools. There will also be some new hires announced soon as we seek to develop our brand and marketing activities."

Meanwhile, Sarah Walden has been promoted from her role of group buying and merchandising director to replace Mason as coo, although retaining her buying and publisher relationship responsibilities. She said: "I am delighted to be working with Simon and the rest of the senior management team to really drive The Book People forward and build upon our strong relationships with our publishing partners."

Wellesley retains a link with The Book People as he becomes a non-executive director of the company. He said: "the hard work and determination of our employees over the last few years has meant that the business has a really solid foundation to build upon and grow in the future. I am very fond of the business and its people and look forward to seeing its development in the future."

In October 2014 Seni Glaister bought out fellow co-founder Ted Smart in a £15m deal backed by private equity firm Endless LLP (where Mason worked). The following summer Glaister stood down and was replaced by Wellesley as ceo.

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