Richard Charkin

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Richard Charkin (born 17 June 1949) is a British publishing executive. He has held executive positions at Pergamon Press, Oxford University Press, Reed International/Reed Elsevier and Current Science Group, and is the former Chief Executive of Macmillan Publishers Limited and Executive Director of Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck.[1] In 2015, he became President of the International Publishers Association.[2]


Charkin has an MA in Natural Sciences from Trinity College Cambridge, and attended the six-week Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He was a Supernumerary Fellow of Green College, Oxford and is currently visiting professor at the University of the Arts London.

Publishing career[edit]

  • Science Editor, Harrap & Co. 1972–73
  • Senior Publishing Manager, Life Sciences, Pergamon Press 1973–74
  • Oxford University Press: medical books editor 1974–76, Head of Science and Medical Division 1976–80, Head of Reference Division 1980–84, Managing Director Academic Division 1984–88
  • Executive Director Octopus Publishing Group (Reed) 1988–1990
  • Chief Executive Reed Consumer Books 1990-94 & Reed International Books 1994–95
  • Managing Director Current Science Group 1995–96
  • CEO worldwide, Macmillan Ltd 1997–2007
  • Executive Director Bloomsbury plc 2007–
  • Council member and former President of the UK Publishers Association
  • President of International Publishers Association 2015–


  • Charkin Blog, The Archive, Macmillan, 2008.
  • The Lowdown: top tips for wannabe CEOs (with Richard Pettinger), Creative Content Ltd, 2009


  1. ^ "The board - Corporate and Investor Relations -".
  2. ^ "Richard Charkin".