I’ve worked with Simon over a number of years in the various roles he has held at Pearson. I’ve always found him to be an open and engaging colleague, with a positive outlook. He has excellent industry knowledge, particularly in the academic and schools publishing sphere (covering print and digital formats, for everything from traditional textbooks, to courseware, assessment platforms etc). Given that extensive knowledge base its not a surprise to me that Simon is now looking to utilise those skills in a consultancy role for his next challenge. I can see how his knowledge and experience would add value to authors, publishing houses and aggregators (retailers, libraries and wholesale) in rights management, strategic sales management and planning and content marketing’.
As a business we have worked with Simon for many many years. He has in depth knowledge across the educational and academic publishing channels embracing the multitude of complexities needed to bring a book to market and reach its desired destination and commercial goals. On a personal level Simon is an approachable, honourable and sincere individual who is able to make and take difficult conversations and decisions, not just the easy ones. His advice and guidance should prove constructive to anyone trading in this commercial channel’.
Sean is an excellent Sales Director who has had responsibilities for significant revenues and sizeable sales team. He is extremely strategic, well organised and plans meticulously. He has excellent leadership skills and engages well with teams, whether these are field or office based. He has taken responsibility for large sales team restructures, and always deliver them in a well organised and conscientious way. He is a strategic thinker and contributes very well to wider business discussions.
Sean provided one of the most significant influences on my own career, encouraging me to reflect and consider before jumping to a decision. His calm and measured evaluation of business issues has remained with me as a benchmark for my own approach in similar situations. I was fortunate enough to collaborate closely with Sean across a number of projects and leadership teams during the six years we shared at Pearson. During that time, I can’t remember walking away from a conversation with Sean without thinking something that I hadn’t thought before – a tribute to his ability to bring a balance of innovation, contrast and challenge to any business discussion.
‘Abby has managed a range of complex campaigns and projects for us over recent years and always delivers on time and to a very high standard. Abby has conducted in-depth research and analysis to help inform our product development and marketing plans. She is also highly creative, an adept copywriter and campaign manager, well versed in delivering campaigns with impact across social, web and traditional channels. I would highly recommend Abby as an asset to any project or team and know many of my colleagues would say exactly the same.’
Abby is one of the best marketers I’ve ever worked with. She achieves great results, often on limited budgets. She was instrumental in a number of successful launches for us and has a firm grasp of both strategy and the nitty-gritty of running great campaigns.’
Lawrence is one of the best if not the best person I have known in the rights business. I have known Lawrence for almost twenty years now since I was with Pearson Asia, buying rights from him and his team. There were times when the deals were so complicated as they involved so many parties, Lawrence was able to sort out those issues on a win-win basis. His calm and friendly manner in dealing with people and issues makes him such a wonderful person to deal with. Even after leaving Pearson and joining World Scientific Publishing, meeting Lawrence at Frankfurt Book Fair every October is always one of the highlights of my trip there.
Lawrence created and led perhaps one of the most accomplished teams of international rights sales people in the publishing industry through a period of rapid growth and a time of very complex changes. He is a fantastic team leader, which is evident from the love and respect that his team members have for him and the steadfast performance of the group. I have been an internal customer for Lawrence and have also met with several of his external customers. He has built enduring relationships with his customers, nurtured with empathy and responsiveness and this is borne out by the goodwill he and his team have earned in the marketplace.
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