Simon Mackay is to leave his role as head of book sales and retail at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in spring 2020 to take on a new project.
During Mackay’s year at the Book Festival he brought in a range of ambitious changes across all areas of retail operations, notably the successful redesign of the Festival Bookshops and signing areas, and the migration of the books operating system to Booksolve, according to a statement from the festival.
These changes contributed to a 17% increase in turnover and an improved overall customer experience, said the festival. He also contributed heavily to the festival’s year-round programme using his experience to lead on book events outwith August, helping to bring the festival to new audiences.
Edinburgh International Book Festival director Nick Barley said: "Simon has made a big impact in a relatively short time at the festival. His changes to the retail operation are lasting and I wish him every success in the future."
Recruitment will commence in the next few weeks and the team will be led in the meantime by booksales and retail manager Kirsty Smith. Details of Macaky's new project will be announced shortly.