Jacks Thomas named to head the world’s leading spring book event from 2013


Reed Exhibitions are delighted to announce the appointment of Jacks Thomas – currently joint CEO of Midas Public Relations – as Senior Exhibition Director, The London Book Fair.

The appointment of Thomas, who has over twenty years’ experience within the UK and international book industries, reflects Reed Exhibitions’ commitment to the ongoing development of the Fair as the leading marketplace for one of the world’s most creative industries at a time of transition and transformation.

As a partner for eight years at Midas PR, a Top 50 Consumer PR Week company, an agency that specialises in the creative industries, Thomas has led the teams responsible for the Booksellers’ Association, Publishing Technology, Terry Pratchett’s Narrativia and the Sharjah International Book Fair among others. She has also led the team supporting the London Book Fair for six years, defining the communications strategy around the move to Earls Court and the largest ever Market Focus programme, China 2012.

Prior to joining Midas PR, Thomas was Director of Communications, Europe for Reader’s Digest with a tenure in the US to relaunch the brand in the US prior to a global roll-out. Her close connections with the UK trade were developed through roles at Victor Gollancz, Simon & Schuster, Michael Joseph, HarperCollins and her eponymous agency.

Ian Houghton, Portfolio Director at Reed Exhibitions says: ‘I am delighted to welcome Jacks Thomas as the new Director of The London Book Fair. Jacks has been intimately involved with the Fair for several years and this deep knowledge of the show and how it works, linked with her understanding of what drives value for publishers, makes her an excellent choice to lead the show’s on-going development.’

Jacks Thomas comments, ‘This is a unique opportunity to be involved at a strategic level with this forward-looking organisation and talented team, committed to playing an important role in partnership with the book industry as it reshapes itself for a new age. There isn’t a more exciting time to be working with the amazing creative minds behind our singularly diverse and wide-ranging industry. Whether the market is mature or emerging, the company small or large, the people from the creative or supply side, the book world is endlessly interesting and innovative. I’m looking forward immensely to this new challenge.’

David Roche, Non-Executive Chair, The London Book Fair Advisory Board says, ‘I’m delighted that London Book Fair have appointed Jacks to the role of Director of LBF. Jacks has that rare combination of incisiveness, strong character, calmness under fire, and sense of humour that come together to bring out the best in others. Her involvement with the Fair over the past years has given her great insight and a clear vision, and she will bring tremendous leadership to the fantastic team at LBF. Along with the LBF Advisory Board, I look forward to supporting her and Reed’s ambitions for the Fair as it continues to go from strength to strength.’

Steven Williams and Tony Mulliken, Partners, Midas Public Relations add, ‘The London Book Fair has been a client of Midas Public Relations for ten years and we look forward to continuing to working with Jacks in her new role. We will miss her, but our strong, award-winning team will be continuing to work with our many valued book industry clients as well as developing our increasingly diverse portfolio of global premium accounts.’

The London Book Fair is the world’s leading spring Book Fair. The London Book Fair will next take place from April 15th to 17th 2013 at Earls Court, London. Thomas takes up her new role in mid-January 2013.

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Note to Editors:

The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking place every spring in the world’s premier publishing and cultural capital, it is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future.

The London Book Fair brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets.

The London Book Fair 2013, the 42nd Fair, will take place from 15-17 April 2013, Earls Court, London. Turkey is Market Focus country in 2013, following China in 2012.

For further information, please visit: www.londonbookfair.co.uk.

Jacks Thomas has worked in the corporate and arts public relations sectors for over 20 years, joining Midas as a full partner in 2004. Jacks joined the BBC on graduating and then went into the book world working at several of the major UK publishers.

When running her own consultancy she was tempted by the corporate world and worked for Reader’s Digest for six years; starting as Corporate Communications Director in the UK, moving to the US to relaunch their magazine and finally running the PR for 15 countries across Europe as the European Communications Director.

A corporate communications and business development specialist, Jacks runs the corporate division at Midas, in addition to new business development initiatives. She has also successfully introduced a growing number of international clients to the company.

Midas PR was founded in 1991 by Steven Williams and Tony Mulliken with Thomas joining the partnership in 2004. The company has grown to be a PR Week Top 50 Consumer Agency and has recently been awarded a PRCA Award for excellence and a UK Events Award Commendation for work across the digital and international sectors.

Midas PR has successfully expanded its offering from its core business of publishing across a wider arts brief. Midas PR represent premium brands such as the Latitude Festival, The Telegraph Hay Festival, The London Book Fair, The Booksellers Association, The Sharjah International Book Fair, Private Eye, Cactus TV, The Churches Conservation Trust, English Heritage, Amazon Publishing, Audible.co.uk, Constable & Robinson, Peter James, The FT Goldman Sachs Business Book Award, The Dance Proms, Influential Software, Jouve and Publishing Technology.

For further information, please contact Nicola Green, Midas Public Relations, tel: 020 7361 7860, email: nicola.green@midaspr.co.uk

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