Bloomsbury's group U.K. sales director David Ward is leaving his position at the end of the year, after 30 years with the company. The Bookseller reported that Ward "was one of Bloomsbury's first employees when he joined, from Penguin, as sales representative for the North of England in 1987, before the company had yet published a book." He became U.K. sales director in 1998, served as an executive director on the PLC Board from 2002 to 2004, and subsequently was made group U.K. sales director.
"After 30 amazing years at Bloomsbury the time has come to do something else," Ward said. "I am very proud of my achievements here.... I have worked with some wonderful people and thank everyone who has worked with me and helped Bloomsbury become what it is today. I wish the company continued success."
Kathleen Farrar, managing director of group sales and marketing, commented: "David will be very much missed by all, not only for his jovial nature but his love of publishing and customer relationships. We wish him all the best in his new endeavors."