Death of Mark Hodder-Williams

Mark Hodder-Williams, who worked for 30 years at Hodder & Stoughton, becoming the publisher's deputy chairman, has died.

Born in 1939, Hodder-Williams joined Hodder & Stoughton as a graduate trainee in 1961, working in advertising and publicity before becoming a main board director in 1971. He became managing director of management services in 1972, and Hodder & Stoughton deputy chairman in 1989.

After leaving the company in 1991, he founded e-commerce company First Edition EDI Services which was eventually bought by Book Data and is now part of Nielsen. He was a major supporter of the Publishers Association and also a director of medical journal the Lancet.

A thanksgiving service will be held at St Bartholomew’s Church, Otford, near Sevenoaks, Kent, at 2.30pm on Tuesday 13th December.