The London Book Fair has appointed Jacks Thomas as its new exhibition director. She replaces former group exhibitions director Alistair Burtenshaw, who quit the post in September after a seven-year stint.
Thomas has been involved with the fair for six years in her role as CEO of Midas PR, the show’s PR company, and has 20 years’ experience within the UK and international book industries.
As well as being a partner at Midas PR for eight years, she led the teams responsible for Booksellers’ Association, Publishing Technology, Terry Pratchett’s Narrativia and the Sharjah International Book Fair. Thomas takes up her new post on 16 January.
According to show organiser Reed Exhibitions, Thomas’ appointment reflects the team’s commitment to the ongoing development of the fair as the leading marketplace for the book industry at a time of transition and transformation.
“Jacks has been intimately involved with the fair for several years and this deep knowledge of the show and how it works, linked with her understanding of what drives value for publishers, makes her an excellent choice to lead the show’s ongoing development,” Reed Exhibitions portfolio director Ian Houghton said.
Thomas said the position offered her a unique opportunity to be involved at a strategic level with the event as the book industry reshapes itself for a new age.
“There isn’t a more exciting time to be working with the amazing creative minds behind our singularly diverse and wide-ranging industry,” she claimed. “Whether the market is mature or emerging, the company small or large, the people from the creative or supply side, the book world is endlessly interesting and innovative. I’m looking forward immensely to this new challenge.”
The London Book Fair returns to Earls Court on 15-17 April 2013. The show will include the largest pavilion to date, focused on China.
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