Charkin becomes IPA vice-president

Charkin becomes IPA vice-president

Bloomsbury executive director Richard Charkin has been selected as the vice president of the International Publishers Association (IPA), and will become president in 2015.

Charkin was appointed to the role at the General Assembly of the IPA held in Frankfurt yesterday (10th October). He will serve as vice president under the current president, Youngsuk Chi, for 12 months, before becoming president on 1st January 2015.

He commented: "Publishing is an honourable business. In essence, we are here to serve writers, illustrators and creative people by editing, designing, producing, promoting, selling, and collecting money on their behalf for their ideas. Authors are at the heart of our industry – novelists, poets, dramatists, textbook writers, scientists, scholars, illustrators – and IPA needs them to support us if we are to continue to invest securely for the future."

He added: "I have been extraordinarily lucky in my career to have worked in such a great industry with such great people. I am honoured to repay some of the debt I owe to that industry and to those people. I am proud to serve the global publishing family."

Charkin, who joined Bloomsbury in 2007 after being c.e.o. at Macmillan, has previously been president of the Publishers Association.