Richard Kitson is the Deputy Chief Executive of Hachette Book Group and Hachette UK. He started his publishing career in sales and joined Hachette UK as Group Commercial Director in the summer of 2006, shortly after the acquisition of Time Warner Book Group by Hachette UK. He joined the Hachette UK board in July 2007 and the Hachette Book Group EMB in January 2024.
He manages many of the central functions across both companies, including Sales, Legal, Contracts, Digital, CRM, Digital Marketing, Production, Audio, and IT. He is also Chair of Hachette UK’s overseas subsidiaries in Australia, New Zealand, India, and Ireland and has oversight for the HUK stationery division, Paperblanks. He is also on the boards of Yen Press and Flame Tree Publishing.
He was born in Wales, graduated in Law from Bristol University and lives in London with frequent visits to the US