CEO, Penguin Random House International
Ian Hudson began his publishing career in 1988, joining magazine publisher Marshall Cavendish as Financial Controller. Ian joined Random House U.K. in 1992 and played a leading role in its financial turnaround. In 1996 he was appointed to its Board as Group Commercial Director, and he simultaneously held the role of Managing Director of Random House Children's Books. In 1998, after the Random House acquisition by Bertelsmann, he was appointed Group Managing Director of the enlarged group and led its financial and operational integration. He became Deputy Group CEO in 2005, and he has spearheaded the group's growth strategy,.
Ian joined the Supervisory Board of parent company Bertelsmann in November 2008, was Founding Chair of the Bertelsmann Operations Group, and is the current Chair of the Bertelsmann Management Representation Council. He is a former President of the Publishers Association and also a former Chair of the Publishers Association and Booksellers Association Liaison Group and of the Trade Publishers Council, as well as a former member of the government's Information Age Partnership (IAP). He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA). Ian was part of the team that successfully completed the deal to merge Penguin and Random House in July 2013.