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Emerald appoints industry big-hitter to head up books publishing

Strategic appointment of Caitlin Cornish forms part of Emerald’s investment in a major new programme of academic and professional books and monographs

Bingley, United Kingdom, 21 April 2016 - Caitlin Cornish, former Publishing Director for Palgrave Macmillan, has joined Emerald as Head of Books Publishing.

This significant strategic appointment of an industry big-hitter forms part of Emerald’s investment in a major new programme of academic and professional books and monographs designed to bring the very latest ideas and approaches to global universities, researchers, students and practitioners. 

Caitlin was integral to the merger of Palgrave Macmillan and the Nature Publishing Group that created Springer Nature; and was thereafter VP for the economics, business, statistics, finance, mathematics and law programmes with responsibility for books and journals.

Tony Roche, Publishing Director at Emerald, said: “Caitlin has a superb reputation in our industry, with a track record for driving and delivering books programmes globally.

“We're delighted that she will lead the expansion of Emerald’s books business, a key part of our strategy to provide customers with quality research for management practice, putting Emerald at the heart of management learning. 

“The book remains a key method of communication for the communities Emerald serves, alongside conference presentation, journal and case study dissemination.  

“We aim to rapidly expand Emerald's books programme, to increase the uptake of research that can be applied in practice by students and professionals."

Caitlin began her publishing career with Macmillan Publishers before moving to Wiley (later Wiley Blackwell), where she became Editorial Director for the Wiley Finance programme.  

From Wiley, Caitlin moved to Palgrave Macmillan to head up the academic, professional and reference books teams for humanities and social sciences in the UK, US and Asia – during which her team more than doubled growth over a four-year period – before becoming Publishing Director. 

Caitlin said of her appointment: “I’m joining Emerald at a very exciting time, as it looks to really ramp up its books programme.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of helping Emerald make that ambition a reality and enhance its reputation and impact as a publisher of books that help our communities make decisions that count based on research that matters.”

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