New Chief Executive for the Welsh Books Council

6 Oct 2016

The Welsh Books Council has announced the appointment of Helgard Krause as its next Chief Executive and chief officer. She succeeds Elwyn Jones who retires at the end of January. Helgard will take up her position on 1 February 2017.

Born in Germany, Helgard is a native of the Rheinland Pfalz region, on the French border. She graduated in politics at the University of Berlin before moving to England in 1993 to study English literature at Sussex University. She has worked with several companies in the field of publishing, including Routledge and a book distribution company in Russia. She then joined the Rotovision publishing company, becoming their Head of Sales and Rights and leading their marketing drives in China, Japan, Australia and America. Helgard moved to Wales in 2005, when she was appointed Overseas Marketing Officer at the Books Council and, following two years in the post, she was appointed Head of Sales and Marketing. Currently, Helgard is Director at the University of Wales Press.

Announcing the appointment today, the Chairman of the Welsh Books Council, Professor M. Wynn Thomas, said "This is an excellent appointment to a key position. Helgard Krause possesses a depth of experience and a range of skills. This is certain to ensure the continuing success of a prominent national institution vital for the maintenance of Welsh culture in both languages."

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