Baroness Gail Rebuck

Chair, Penguin Random House

Gail co-launched an independent publishing house, Century, in the early 1980s which merged with Hutchinson in 1985 and was acquired by Random House in 1989.

She was appointed CEO of Random House (the largest publisher in the UK) two years later and served for 23 years, during which time she was involved in several mergers and acquisitions, looking after the publishers’ interests and distribution globally.

After Random House merged with Penguin, she became UK Chair, sitting on the company’s Global Board of Representatives based in New York. 

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

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

Gail has always been a champion of literacy and launched World Book Day in 1998, 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.