William Bowes has been appointed chair of the Publishers Association’s Academic and Professional Division Board. Bowes is general counsel and company secretary at Cambridge University Press.
Bowes began his career in book distribution and sales, before training as a lawyer in Intellectual Property. He then worked for Penguin Books and Taylor & Francis as IP Counsel, before joining CUP in 2011.
Bowes said he had been appointed at a “crucial” moment in academic publishing. He said: “The next few years will be a crucial time for academic publishers as we strive to demonstrate to governments, consumers and the Academy the importance and value of the work that we do and the steps we are taking to advance the evolution of our industry.
"It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to assist the Publishers Association with the work they are doing on behalf of industry colleagues to shape our approach and message at this time.”
Bowes will chair the PA’s upcoming Annual General Meeting and APD Board on the 26th November 2013.