HarperCollins UK finance director and company secretary Ed Kielbasiewicz is to retire from the company at the end of December 2016.
Kielbasiewicz joined HarperCollins from Allied Lyons in 1991. After spells as chief accountant and financial controller he was appointed finance director in 1999. He took on the additional role of company secretary in 2009.
As finance director and company secretary Kielbasiewicz serves on the HarperCollins UK Executive Board with responsibility for the day to day management of the finance function, including accounting and reporting, royalties, purchase ledger, treasury, tax, payroll and pensions.
HarperCollins financial controller, David Alford, will be appointed as financial director on 1st December 2016 following an extensive handover period. Alford joined HarperCollins as business director from Warner Music in 2007, subsequently taking on the role of group commercial director before becoming financial controller in 2011.
Kielbasiewicz will continue to execute his role fully until the official handover on 1st December 2016. Following Kielbasiewicz’s retirement, general counsel Simon Dowson-Collins will take on the duties of company secretary.
Kielbasiewicz said: “My 25 years at HarperCollins have been very happy ones. I have had the pleasure of working in an exciting, challenging and ever-changing environment. I will greatly miss being a part of this great company and will particularly miss the many talented and inspiring colleagues that I have had the pleasure to work alongside. However I have no doubt that retirement will bring its own unique joys and pleasures!”
HarperCollins UK c.e.o. Charlie Redmayne said: “Ed is one of the most respected people in the business and has played a huge role in the success and growth of HarperCollins. I am honoured to have worked with him and to have been the beneficiary of his wise counsel and experience. We will miss Ed greatly but I can think of no individual more deserving of his retirement. All of us at HarperCollins thank him for his years of service and we wish him the happiest of retirements at home in Scotland.”
Redmayne added: “We are delighted that David Alford has agreed to take on the role of financial director in December 2016. David has inspired the utmost confidence over his nine years at HarperCollins; his acumen and deep knowledge of the business, developed through his three key finance roles, will make him an excellent and able successor to Ed."