3rd September 2019

Burns to join Bonnier Books UK as trade sales and export director

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Burns to join Bonnier Books UK as trade sales and export director

Elise Burns is to join Bonnier Books UK as trade sales and export director, reporting to CEO Perminder Mann.

Currently UK sales director at Bloomsbury, Burns is responsible for adult trade, children’s trade and education sales. Most recently, Burns has contributed to the sales success of Sunday Times bestseller Three Women by Lisa Taddeo, Tom Kerridge’s bestselling cookery titles and the Fantastically Great Women series.

“I’m absolutely delighted that Elise has agreed to come and join us as we prepare for the next stage of the company’s growth … With her talent and breath of expertise, I know that Elise will be a brilliant, valuable addition to the senior leadership team.”

Perminder Mann, CEO, Bonnier Books UK

Prior to joining Bloomsbury, Burns was adult non-fiction sales director at Pan Macmillan, working across a wide range of genres including political history, celebrity memoirs, true crime and humour. Burns began her career in special sales at Walker Books, where she rose through the ranks to become custom publishing director, publishing a list of titles to satisfy customer demands including one of the very first adult colouring books.

Burns replaces James Horobin, who left the business in May to join Wellbeck Publishing Group.

Perminder Mann, CEO, Bonnier Books UK said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Elise has agreed to come and join us as we prepare for the next stage of the company’s growth. The last year and a half has been transformational for the trade business, with exceptional TCM growth, a steadily, growing number of bestsellers and Heather Morris’ The Tattooist of Auschwitz becoming the biggest-selling novel of 2019 so far. With her talent and breath of expertise, I know that Elise will be a brilliant, valuable addition to the senior leadership team.”

“I’m over the moon to be joining Bonnier Books UK at such an exciting time. I’ve been hugely impressed by the company’s phenomenal trade growth over the last year, as well as its open and forward-thinking ethos.”

Elise Burns, incoming Trade Sales and Export Director, Bonnier Books UK

Burns added: “I’m over the moon to be joining Bonnier Books UK at such an exciting time. I’ve been hugely impressed by the company’s phenomenal trade growth over the last year, as well as its open and forward-thinking ethos. I’m sad to be leaving my brilliant, talented colleagues at Bloomsbury, but the opportunity to work with Perminder and her team to grow Bonnier Books UK further was too good to pass up.”

Burns will join Bonnier Books UK on 18th November 2019.