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Ask Me Anything: Perminder Mann, CEO of Bonnier Books UK

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ASK ME ANYTHING One hour a week where you can ask our guest host anything about their expertise and experience.

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Our next AMA will be with the brilliant Perminder Mann, CEO of Bonnier Books UK, a major UK publisher with sales of £80m. Home to three divisions, with 16 adult and children's imprints, they publish across a wide variety of genres of different ages.

Perminder was listed as one of the UK's 1,000 most powerful people in 2017 and she was on the Guardian's list of the UK's Top 100 BAME Leaders + Evening Standard 1000 Most Influential People.

Join this session to hear more about Perminder's journey: those attending should leave with honest and direct answers to their burning questions!

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After studying at Kingston University, Mann began her career in publishing working for trade publishers Macmillan and Transworld, before moving on to work with two international independent publishers, Hinkler and Phidal Publishing.She then spent time in the toy industry, before returning to publishing to work for Bonnier Publishing, which rebranded as Bonnier Books UK in 2018.

During her time at Bonnier Books UK, she co-founded adult non-fiction imprint Blink Publishing. In 2014, the imprint became the first UK publisher to collaborate with a vlogger when it signed Alfie Deyes. Under Mann, Blink published The Pointless Book, which was a 2014 bestseller.

In 2015 and 2016, Mann was named on The Bookseller's list of the 100 most influential people in publishing. She was also on the awards list of the top 10 most influential people in publishing and writing by the Hospital Club h100.

In 2017, Mann was promoted to CEO of Bonnier Books UK, heading the UK group.In the same year, she secured the deal for Bonnier Books UK to partner with Disney on a range of titles. She was subsequently recognised as one of the most powerful BAME leaders in the UK. She was the only person from the book publishing industry to appear on the list. Mann was invited by The Guardian to comment on "Snowy Peak Syndrome", the problem that those at the top of UK organisations are predominantly white. She advocated the use of diverse role models to inspire ambition.

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