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Frankfurt, 28 August 2018 – John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan, will be featured at this year’s Frankfurt CEO Talk on Wednesday, 10 October 2018, from 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm in the Frankfurt Pavilion. The CEO Talk will be presented by Livres Hebdo (France), with Bookdao (China), buchreport (Germany), PublishNews (Brazil), Publishers Weekly (USA), and the Frankfurter Buchmesse Business Club, featuring "Global 50 - the Ranking of the Publishing Industry 2018".

John Sargent will be interviewed for 60 minutes by the editors of the trade publications on changing consumer habits and new international media competition around storytelling. The event will be opened by Katja Böhne, Vice President Marketing & Communications of Frankfurter Buchmesse, and chaired by Rüdiger Wischenbart.

A cooperation of five leading trade media outlets, the Frankfurt CEO Talk traditionally features the Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry, which has been updated every year since 2007 and currently represents 53 companies that each report revenues from publishing of over 150 million euros. At Frankfurter Buchmesse, the CEO Talk is a long-established tradition, and since 2014 it is part of the Frankfurter Buchmesse Business Club programme.

John Sargent is the Executive Vice President of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group and CEO of Macmillan. He is responsible for Macmillan higher education business as well as for managing the global trade business. Formerly, Sargent ran the US operations of Holtzbrinck, including all the US trade companies, the Macmillan Higher Education group, St. Martin’s Scholarly and Reference, Hanley & Belfus Medical Publishers and Scientific American. He started at Holtzbrinck as CEO of St. Martin’s Press. Sargent has also served as CEO of Dorling Kindersley, Inc. and as the President of the Children’s Book Division of Simon & Schuster. He serves on the executive board of the Association of American Publishers. He has been on the executive committee of Graham Windham, a New York foster care agency, for over 25 years including four years as its Chairman. Sargent received a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. in Finance from Columbia University.


A press photo of John Sargent is available for download here: in a new window)

All book fair visitors with a ticket valid on 10 October are invited to attend the CEO Talk in the Frankfurt Pavilion. Accredited journalists with a Frankfurter Buchmesse press pass ( do not need any further registration for this event.


Contact Global Ranking:

Rüdiger Wischenbart, in a new window)


Contact for the media:

Press & Corporate Communications, Frankfurter Buchmesse
Katja Böhne, Vice President Marketing & Communications, Phone: +49 (0) 69 2102-138, in a new window)
Kathrin Grün, Director Communications, Phone: +49 (0) 69 2102-170, in a new window)
Ines Bachor, PR Manager, Phone: +49 (0) 69 2102-189, in a new window)


About the Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry

The Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry (© by Livres Hebdo 2018), which has been updated every year since 2007, currently represents 53 companies that each report revenues from publishing of over 150 million euros.
The Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry is an initiative of Livres Hebdo (France) co-published by Bookdao (China), buchreport (Germany), Publishers Weekly (USA) and PublishNews (Brazil). It has been researched by Rüdiger Wischenbart Content and Consulting.


About the Frankfurter Buchmesse

The Frankfurter Buchmesse is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,300 exhibitors from 102 countries, around 286,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and approximately 10,000 accredited journalists and bloggers in attendance. It also gathers key players from other media, including the film and games industries. Since 1976, the Frankfurter Buchmesse has featured an annual Guest of Honour country, which showcases its book market, literature and culture to attendees in a variety of ways. The Frankfurter Buchmesse organises the participation of German publishers at around 20 international book fairs and hosts trade events throughout the year in major international markets. With its Business Club, the Frankfurter Buchmesse offers essential services and an ideal setting for the activities of publishers, entrepreneurs, pioneers, experts and visionaries. Founded in 2016, THE ARTS+ is a business festival for creatives, investors, publishers, museums and tech companies that takes place at Frankfurter Buchmesse. The Frankfurter Buchmesse is a subsidiary of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association. in a new window)