5 things inspiring HarperCollins' chief digital officer Chantal Restivo-Alessi right now

5 things inspiring HarperCollins' chief digital officer Chantal Restivo-Alessi right now

Chantal Restivo-Alessi is chief digital officer and executive vice president, international for HarperCollins. As the leader of its global digital strategy, she works with each division around the world to manage commercial relationships with new and existing digital partners, grow digital revenues, and oversee the company’s developing foreign-language publishing program. She is also a member of the company’s executive committee.  

Since joining HarperCollins, Restivo-Alessi has pioneered the use of new digital sales channels, signing numerous deals with new distributors, such as subscription services Scribd and Oyster. In addition, she led the launch of the company’s e-commerce platform on www.HC.com.

Restivo-Alessi will be giving a morning keynote at the FutureBook 2017 conference in three weeks' time. In the meantime, she shares five things inspiring her to think and work differently right now.


Hardware: The mobile phone. I know it is obvious, but I believe we have not seen its full impact yet. It has revolutionised the way we communicate and work, but how it will revolutionise the way we consume books is still in the making. As someone who needs to remain in contact with offices in time zones around the world, it allows me to be connected 24/7 - which is good and bad ...

Software: Basecamp and any other collaboration tool. In our case, this has allowed us to work in a truly coordinated fashion, sharing digital assets and publishing and marketing plans much more quickly and easily.

Book: Fantastic Beasts (our global publication of books tied into the recent film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). It’s not a single book - but an ongoing publishing endeavour in its own right. The project tested the limits of our global organisation and global publishing plan. We all worked towards a near single-day lay-down, coordinated with Warner Brothers on a global and local level, managed the piracy risk successfully, and ultimately released 96 different editions of six books across 20 markets, in 16 languages, with less than a year from development to delivery. I was thrilled with the success of the project, and it showed me what we’re capable of achieving.

Idea: The idea of bridging global and local publishing in the publishing world. It is not just an idea - it is something I am committed to building out every day in the interest of authors and HarperCollins, as a true partnership.

Person: There is not a single person I would like to quote as inspiration, but the team of people I am fortunate enough to work with every day across the organisation. Our business truly requires teamwork, innovation, and openness to change. Every author and every project is a new adventure, and I am really fortunate to be working with so many capable and inspiring people and authors.

Hear Chantal live and book your tickets to FutureBook 2017 here.