Bonnier Publishing UK has appointed Paul Gregory, former president and c.o.o. of Parragon, as the new chief executive of Igloo Books Group.
Gregory, who is currently managing director at children's book publisher Hometown World, spent 20 years in various senior roles in the Parragon group including UK managing director, publishing director and latterly president and c.o.o.
During this time he is credited with growing the publisher and signing the Disney master publishing licence, in the UK, in 2004.
Gregory will join the company on the 11th September. Reporting into Perminder Mann, c.e.o. Bonnier Publishing UK, he will be responsible for Igloo Books Group’s 140 employees across imprints Igloo Books and Autumn Publishing and warehousing and distribution company, Red Kite Fulfilment.
Mann said: “When I took on the task of finding a new c.e.o. for Igloo, for me there was only one man for the job: Paul Gregory. With his phenomenal track record, knowledge and experience, Paul commands huge respect within our industry. He stands head and shoulders above every other candidate. I am beyond thrilled he has agreed to join Bonnier Publishing at this very exciting time of expansion and positive change. Our target is to make Igloo Books Group the biggest mass-market publisher in the world by 2019 and Paul’s appointment is a major step forward in achieving that goal.”
Gregory said: “The enthusiasm, confidence and momentum shown by Richard and Perminder clearly affirms that Bonnier Publishing is the place to be, and the place for me. The division I will head, Igloo Books Group, has so much global potential. The team is very strong, and I'm looking forward to leading the business to unprecedented new heights.”
Bonnier Publishing acquired Igloo Books in 2014, and merged IglooBooks and Autumn Publishing in 2015.
John Styring, who set up Igloo Books in 2003, stayed on as c.e.o. until August 2016 - after which point he was replaced by Dan Shepherd, formerly global sales and marketing director at DK Worldwide. Shepherd left his position in May, after less than a year in the role, when Bonnier Publishing consolidated its UK divisions under Mann.