HarperCollins' group international sales director Sylvia May is to leave the company after 36 years.
May has been at the publisher since joining William Collins in 1977 as a trainee sales rep, aged 20, becoming the first woman to go on the road for the imprint. In 1994, she joined the international sales team, where she worked for the past 19 years.
HarperCollins UK and International c.e.o. and publisher Victoria Barnsley said: "Sylvia feels it is time for her to move on from HarperCollins, and we are sorry to see her go. We are losing the services of an absolute HC stalwart who has made a significant contribution to the business over the years. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank her and to wish her well in her future career."
May said: "As a child of three nations—I was born in the US, of British and Swiss parents—I have always felt at home in HarperCollins. It’s a great cosmopolitan company and I’d like to pay tribute to the many friends I have made and hundreds of wonderful colleagues I have worked with over the years."
A spokesperson for HC said there are no plans to replace May. She will be dedicating more time to the Kohima Educational Trust, a charity she helps to run based in India.