22.05.09 - The Bookseller
"This is a significant and long overdue moment for us and for the trade, a rigorous and thought-provoking selection of the decision-makers and innovators that make the book trade tick," said editor-in-chief Neill Denny.
The first of what is to be an annual list was compiled by the magazine's editorial team, led by features editor Tom Tivnan. Entries were selected using four criteria: longevity, influence, innovation and turnover. Tivnan said: "It was a challenge; there is enough top level talent to fill two or three lists. We had to make some hard, difficult choices to whittle it down to 100."
Hachette comes out on top as far as publishers are concerned with nine entries, led by c.e.o. Tim Hely Hutchinson, beating perennial rivals Random House which had seven. Penguin also had seven "Centurions", but add Marjorie Scardino (pic right) and John Fallon from its parent company Pearson, and the Pearson Group equals Hachette.
The Bookseller Century