Simon Littlewood was born in Stellenbosch, South Africa, and educated at Bristol Cathedral School and Worcester College, Oxford. He has held positions in trade, academic and professional, educational, and illustrated publishing in the UK for over 30 years. A member of Macmillan’s Graduate Recruitment Scheme, where he gained experience of sales, marketing and editorial management both at home and overseas, he later took senior roles at Phaidon Press and Headline Book Publishing before becoming International Director of The Random House Group (now part of Penguin Random House) in 1997, a post he held until 2014. During successive phases of expansion at Random House he oversaw strategic developments in Europe and East Asia as well as leading the start-up of Random House India in New Delhi. Under his stewardship Random House won the British Book Award for Export in three successive years from 2005 to 2007. From 2009 to 2011 Simon was Chair of the UK Publishers Association’s International Board, leading copyright protection campaigns jointly with the PA’s International Director. In 2014 he joined the boards of the International Publishers Association in Geneva, and the Federation of European Publishers in Brussels. Simon lives in Oxford with his wife and children.
“How Digital and the Perspective on Readers and Consumers is Changing the Business of Books”
(Panel debate with Matt Turner, Constance Landsberg, Marcello Vena, Jim Hydock (tbc))