Jonathan Glasspool, managing director for Bloomsbury’s non-consumer division, is to retire, leaving the company in July 2020 after 20 years with the publisher.
Making the announcement, c.e.o. Nigel Newton said that Glasspool will work with him and the board to recruit his successor and ensure a smooth handover, as well as continuing to supervise the Bloomsbury India and Special Interest division until his departure.
“The Academic and Professional division is a robust, award-winning and innovative business in its own right, so I am therefore confident in securing a suitable replacement to lead this important and growing part of Bloomsbury’s international portfolio, to be based in London or New York,” Newton said.
Glasspool, who started in publishing at Cambridge University Press in 1988, began at Bloomsbury in 1999 and variously managed its Reference, Natural History, Drama, Business and Yearbooks publishing, before setting up the Academic and Professional division in 2008. Glasspool acquired 11 lists for the division and launched Bloomsbury Digital Resources in 2016, as well as being instrumental in various deals and long-term partnerships, including with Microsoft, Lexis-Nexis, Practical Law Company, Taylor & Francis, The Economist, Spotify and RSPB.
Newton said: “I would like to thank Jonathan for his exceptional contribution to Bloomsbury, from his first role editing Business: The Ultimate Resource, through to building the academic publisher that Bloomsbury dreamed of adding to its trade portfolio.”
Glasspool has yet to comment.
In Bloomsbury's newly released first-half statement, Academic and Professional revenues were up 9% year-on-year, with Bloomsbury Digital Resources revenues up 73%.