Kate Harris, m.d. of Oxford University Press’ Oxford Education division, is to retire from her role in the last quarter of this year.
Harris joined OUP in 2002, as m.d. of the Press’s UK Education and Children’s Division. In 2012, she also took on responsibility for OUP’s Australian and African businesses, assuming the role of m.d. of the Oxford Education division.
OUP c.e.o. Nigel Portwood said: “Kate has made an enormous contribution to OUP. She brings an absolute passion for education and for OUP’s mission, but she also demonstrates an impeccably strong commercial rigour and ability to lead an organization to achieve great success. Kate has been a valued colleague to me and the whole senior management team. We wish her all the very best for the future.”
Harris commented: “I started my career in education, and my roles at the Press have all been about improving the quality of materials available to teachers and children. Our vision in Oxford Education is to transform lives by improving education for millions of learners around the world and I am very proud of our ongoing work to deliver that mission. I will miss my Press colleagues terribly, but know they will go from strength to strength.”
The publisher is beginning the recruitment process for Harris's replacement.