Frankfurt Buchmesse 2017 CEO Talk

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Frankfurt Buchmesse 2017 CEO Talk
Carolyn Reidy

The CEO Talk is part of Frankfurter Buchmesse’s Business Club program and will take place on Wednesday, 11 October 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Frankfurter Buchmesse, Hall 4.2, Room Dimension. Carolyn Reidy of Simon & Schuster and Guillaume Dervieux of Albin Michel will be the speakers at the Frankfurt CEO Talk 2017. Carolyn Reidy has been in charge of Simon & Schuster’s activities worldwide, with branches in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, India and Australia, since 2008. Guillaume Dervieux was appointed to lead Albin Michel in 2012, a publishing house with over 100 years of history.

Juergen Boos, director of the Frankfurter Buchmesse, will open the discussion, which will highlight strategic developments in international publishing, in particular the intrinsic relevance of books and publishers in today’s global context of media competition, as well as the transformation of audiences and their cultural practices. This year’s high-level speakers at the Frankfurt CEO Talk will discuss these inspiring questions as well as a wide range of key topics facing the industry right now. Aside from their personal accomplishments, the speakers will also represent France as this year’s Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair, and the US as the world’s largest publishing market respectively.

Albin Michel in France and Simon & Schuster in the USA represent vibrant traditions and accomplishments in consumer publishing. Their respective domestic markets stand out not only for their relevance and market size in the global books business, but also for retaining significant cultural positions in the public eye. The Frankfurt CEO Talk is presented by Livres Hebdo (France), with Bookdao (China), The Bookseller (United Kingdom), buchreport (Germany), PublishNews (Brazil) and Publishers Weekly (USA). The CEO Talk will be chaired by Rüdiger Wischenbart featuring the Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry 2017.

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