OUP's Lorraine Keelan dies

OUP's Lorraine Keelan dies

Lorraine Keelan, Oxford University Press' UK sales director for Education, has died.

Keelan "died peacefully in hospital at the end of a determined fight against breast cancer", on 4th January, the publisher said.
 
Keelan joined OUP in 2015 after working in sales for 11 years at Palgrave Macmillan. 

As UK sales director for Ed-UK at OUP, she was responsible for sales of print and digital resources into the UK schools market, trade sales of home learning and children's titles, and professional development services for teachers and school leaders. OUP paid tribute, saying: "She brought with her a laser-sharp intelligence, a welcome level of expertise and experience of workflows and processes around digital sales, widespread relationships with the trade, and an insistence on a rigorous focus on using data and evidence in decision-making. Above all these things, she understood the importance of putting the customer at the heart of every decision."
 
Stephanie Richards, sales and marketing director at Ed-UK, said: “Lorraine had a ready sense of humour; even during some of her most difficult days she would lighten the mood with comments about her headgear, her food choices (vegan), or her insistence on working through even her toughest treatments. We were all in awe of her stamina, her focus, her determination to lead projects, front her team, be involved in new initiatives, and not allow her illness to dictate her day to day life. She was the embodiment of ‘the show must go on’, and we have much to live up to.”

Born and raised in Dublin, Keelan studied Roman History at BA and MA levels at University College Dublin, before moving to the UK after graduating. She had completed part of an MBA at The Open University before she became ill.