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Baroness Gail Rebuck

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Commercial background

Gail Rebuck was CEO of Random House (the largest publisher in the UK) for 23 years, during which time she was involved in several mergers and acquisitions, looking after the publishers' interests in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India and its distribution businesses . After Random House merged with Penguin, she became UK Chair, sitting on the company's Global Board of Representatives based in New York. She also sits on the General Management Committee of Bertelsmann Media Group who are the majority owners.

Gail co-launched an independent publishing house, Century, in the early 1980s which merged with Hutchinson in 1985 and was acquired by Random House a few years later.

Gail was a Non-Executive Director of BskyB for 10 years and chaired its CSR activities on behalf of the board.

She is currently a Non-Executive Director of Koovs plc, a fashion etailer aimed at the Indian market and Belmond Ltd, the luxury hotel group.

Gail became a Labour Peer in 2014 and sits in the House of Lords speaking on the creative industries, literacy and women's issues.

Social and philanthropic background

Gail has always been a champion of literacy and launched World Book Day in 1998 which is still an important nationwide event in the UK where every school child receives a voucher to acquire a book. She subsequently launched Quick Reads (now part of the Reading Agency) in 2005 to tackle adult literacy.

She was a Non-Executive of the Work Foundation for 8 years, a Director of Skillset and a Trustee for the Institute for Public Policy Research for 10 years and sat on the Advisory Board of the Cambridge Judge Institute.

She was part of the Government's Creative Industries Task Force in 1997 and the Panel for Fair Access to the Professions in 2010.

She was a Trustee of the National Literacy Trust and currently chairs Cheltenham Literature Festival. She is also Chair of the Council of the Royal College of Art – the number 1 post-graduate institution for art and design in the world.

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