Jenny Ridout has been appointed the new managing director of Bloomsbury's Non-Consumer division. She succeeds Jonathan Glasspool, whose imminent retirement in July after 20 years with the publisher was announced last year.
In her new role Ridout will be responsible for the academic and professional business and special interest lists, which Bloomsbury chief executive Nigel Newton described "an increasingly important part of Bloomsbury’s balanced portfolio, given the fast-growth digital revenues, and high proportion of international sales".
Ridout has been with Bloomsbury for over 15 years, as editorial director for Drama, and more recently as global head of Academic Publishing. She saw turnover for the Drama division double over a 10-year period and received the Futurebook Digital Achiever industry award for one of Bloomsbury’s most successful digital resources, Drama Online. She also has grown Bloomsbury's Academic lists over the past few years from £21.3m to £26m.
Prior to Bloomsbury, she was global publishing director at Elsevier for the professional and special interest media list, Focal Press, leading the division through a period of rapid double digit growth.
Newton commented: "Jenny’s knowledge of digital publishing and the complexities of the academic publishing world, experience of both specialist and professional markets, strategic leadership skills running large international teams, along with her proven commercial abilities, give me ample confidence in our ability to achieve the exciting growth expectations we have of this part of our business. Academic, Professional and Special Interest is an increasingly important part of Bloomsbury’s balanced portfolio, given the fast growth digital revenues, and high proportion of international sales."