Friday, March 3, 2017

In brief:

•    W.F. Howes Ltd appoints Miles Stevens-Hoare as General Manager of W.F. Howes in the UK and subsidiary Wavesound Pty Ltd in Australia
•    Stevens-Hoare brings extensive experience across all facets of publishing operations, including digital platforms, enabling him to drive growth, revenue and profitability
•    Stevens-Hoare replaces Shaun Sibley, who retires at the end of March 2017 following 11 successful years at the company

Leicester UK, 1 March 2017 W. F. Howes Ltd, the UK’s leading publisher of audiobooks and a subsidiary of Recorded Books Inc., today announced the appointment of Miles Stevens-Hoare as General Manager. Stevens-Hoare now oversees W.F. Howes Ltd in the UK and sister company Wavesound Pty Ltd in Australia, bringing his extensive strategic management skills to a new role, where he will drive business development, revenue and profitability.  

Stevens-Hoare has significant experience in the library and school publishing markets, previously holding the role of Managing Director of the Raintree imprint at Capstone Publishers. Prior to that, he held positions at Scholastic as well as alternative publishers Panini and DeAgostini. In 2012, under Stevens-Hoare’s management, Raintree successfully launched the children’s imprint Curious Fox, which is focused on young readers, in print and digital formats.

“We’re thrilled to have an executive of Miles’ calibre at the helm as we expand our global publishing and digital media operations,” said Tom MacIsaac, CEO and President of Recorded Books Inc., parent company of W.F. Howes. “His success in managing all facets of publishing operations makes him uniquely qualified to lead the company during this next phase of our growth.”

“I’m excited to join W.F. Howes when the company is poised for further development and expansion,” said Stevens-Hoare. “Our significant strengths include a pipeline of world-leading authors, and my colleagues and I have an amazing line-up of content planned for the remainder of this year and beyond to appeal to readers and listeners across all platforms and interest groups.”

Stevens-Hoare was appointed after an extensive search to take on the General Manager role upon the retirement of Shaun Sibley, who successfully led the company for 11 years. During Sibley’s tenure, W.F. Howes became a market leader in the UK, and Sibley was instrumental in establishing Wavesound as a key player in the Australian library market. 

“I’d like to extend a special thanks to Shaun for his distinguished service in building Recorded Books’ international presence and positioning us for future success,” MacIsaac said. “We wish him the very best.”

To find out more about W.F. Howes, please visit www.wfhowes.co.uk. Learn more about Recorded Books Inc. at www.recordedbooks.com

About W. F. Howes Ltd
W. F. Howes Ltd, a subsidiary of Recorded Books Inc., is the UK’s leading audiobook, digital services and large print publisher, releasing around 60 new unabridged audiobooks every month under a number of imprints including Clipper, Jammer, Avid, Lamplight, Nudged, Jammer Teen and Whole Story Audiobooks. The publisher’s digital arm provides eAudiobook and eBook lending to the library market through the OneClickdigital platform, alongside several other platforms specialising in same-day newspapers and magazines, adult learning and language tutorial programs. For more information, visit www.wfhowes.co.uk and www.wholestoryaudio.co.uk or email info@wfhowes.co.uk

About Recorded Books Inc. 
Recorded Books is a leading publisher of spoken-word content. It is the largest independent publisher of audiobooks and provider of digital media to consumer, retail, professional, school, library and infotainment markets. The company owns an exclusive catalog of more than 27,000 audiobook titles narrated by professional, award-winning actors. Recorded Books also provides digital audiobooks and eBooks, as well as other compelling third-party content, including digital magazines and films. The company operates in the United Kingdom through its W. F. Howes subsidiary and in Australia through its Wavesound subsidiary. Recorded Books was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Prince Frederick, MD. For more information, visit recordedbooks.com.

For further information and images please contact:
E. james.woodman@wfhowes.co.uk 
T. 01664 423000
W. www.wfhowes.co.uk or www.wholestoryaudio.co.uk
Twitter: @WFhowes @WholeStoryAudio

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