Pluto Press' head of sales Simon Liebesny is leaving after 17 years with the radical publisher.
In an email newsletter, Liebesny revealed that Monday (20th May) is his last day and an announcement on his successor will be made in due course.
Liebesny worked at scientific publisher IOP Publishing as European sales manager from 1998 to 2000 before doing a stint at non-fiction indie Vision Paperbacks as export director. He joined Pluto as sales director in 2002 before becoming head of sales two years later.
The e-bulletin, entitled 'Time to bid farewell', reads: “I am writing this with a great deal of sadness, but after over 17 years with Pluto Press, I shall be leaving soon.
“I had been meaning for some time to reduce my hours – so this has been a while coming, but there has simply been too much bloody work for it to happen! I took a long look in the mirror, and it cracked …. so, I decided it was high time to give myself a break.
“Pluto is celebrating its 50th anniversary as an independent radical publisher in very good hands and in a very good place, with great ambitions as it enters its 6th decade. This means I can leave the building excited and enthused about the future.” The north London-based publisher is currently celebrating its half-century milestone with a series of reissues, events and ‘takeovers’ of like-minded bookshops.
Liebesny went on to write that he has been “delighted and privileged” to work with those in the books trade. “I have learned more about politics from many of you than I ever will from books and I greatly cherish the many friendships that have been forged over the years,” he added.