Blinkist appoints Rachel Mallender as head of content development

News - Publishing Thursday, 06 June 2019

HarperCollins audio chief moves to micro-learning platform

Blinkist has appointed Rachel Mallender as its first head of new content development. Mallender, a former BBC Radio 1 editor, will be be joining the company in July after spending two years as group audio director at HarperCollins. She will lead Blinkist's content innovation strategy by devising new formats and products, enhancing the offerings that are already available, and building a new team based across London and Berlin.

Blinkist is a micro-learning platform that has 10 million users worldwide; it condenses non-fiction books into 15 minute audio and text digests that 'provide personal and professional enhancement.'

Blinkist co-founder and product lead, Niklas Jansen, said: "It is a huge win for Blinkist to have Rachel join the team, who brings with her an unparalleled amount of experience. As we grow as a company, we are keen to explore new ways in which we can develop our content offering to our millions of users around the world. We are very excited to now have Rachel lead our new content innovation strategy and really push the boundaries on the Blinkist product."

Mallender (pictured) said: "Blinkist is one of the most exciting and innovative startups in the world right now. As a consumer, I've been an enormous fan of the company and so the opportunity to be head of new content development was one that I couldn't turn down. Blinkist has an impressive track record and I can't wait to play a key role in the next step of the company's journey."

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