Andrew Franklin (Managing Director, Profile Books, UK), Stefan von Holtzbrinck (CEO, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group), Markus Dohle (CEO, Penguin Random House) and Vera Michalski-Hoffman (Publisher, Libella, Switzerland) in conversation about their role as publishing leaders.
Andrew Franklin is the founder and managing director of Profile Books, one of Britain’s leading independent trade publishers. Now employing 45 people and publishing 100 books a year, when he started it on April Fool’s Day 1996 there were only three people and no books. Before that he worked at (what was then) Penguin Books for 11 years. He has been coming to the Jerusalem International Book Fair (now Forum) since 1985 when he was one of the Inaugural Fellows. He was made a Friend of the Jerusalem Book Fair in 2011.
Stefan von Holtzbrinck
Stefan von Holtzbrinck studied Law and German Literature in Munich, and holds a PhD in Media Law. He served in different positions at Bloomsbury, Kirch Media Group, New Media division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group (HPG), Nature Publishing Group and Macmillan. von Holtzbrinck is the CEO of HPG since 2001. The company’s CSR mandates are: Max Planck Society, Goethe Institute, American Academy in Berlin, Association for a Child-Friendly Stuttgart.
Markus Dohle is the CEO of Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade book publisher. Before the merger of Penguin and Random House in 2013, Mr. Dohle headed Random House, where he led the company’s transition to digital publishing books. He began his career with Bertelsmann in 1994, rising quickly to several subsequent leadership positions.
Mr. Dohle is a member of Bertelsmann’s Executive Board and its Group Management Committee. He is also Immediate Past Chair of the Association of American Publishers, and serves on the PEN America Board of Trustees, Board of Directors of the National Book Foundation and the International Advisory Board of the Atlantic Council.
Born in Basel, Switzerland, Vera Michalski-Hoffmann started publishing her first books in 1987. Today she releases 350 new books every year with her Libella Group in France, Poland and Switzerland. In 2004 she founded the Jan Michalski Foundation for Literature and Writing in Montricher, Switzerland, which supports various literary activities. Photo: Anoush Abrar