Rebuck judged industry's 'most influential'

Rebuck judged industry's 'most influential'

Dame Gail Rebuck has been judged the most influential person in the British book trade in The Bookseller's 2013 selection.

The Penguin Random House chair was named in The Bookseller's annual list of the 100 leading individuals across the business.

Rebuck, who was also behind the Books Are My Bag campaign, has appeared in the list every year since it was initiated by the magazine five years ago. Also appearing each year have been Tom Weldon, now Penguin Random House UK c.e.o., Hachette UK c.e.o. Tim Hely Hutchinson and Waterstones m.d. James Daunt, among others.

However, this year's list features 27 new entries, coming from across the trade. Authors Malorie Blackman and Neil Gaiman are new arrivals on their list, both for their books and their campaigning voices over the past year. Libraries are well represented, with Brian Gambles, c.e.o. of the Library Trust behind the Library of Birmingham, entering the list for his delivery of the acclaimed building, the largest public library in Europe.

Meanwhile, MP Margaret Hodge is a new entry on the list, for her role in tackling Amazon's tax avoidance.

Thirty-nine of the top 100 are women, with Rebuck's inclusion, in the position of "101st", making a total of 40. Three of the top 100 are black, asian or of minority ethnicity.

The Bookseller 100