Ten years ago - Cheetham steps down at Quercus

News - Publishing Monday, 05 November 2018

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Quercus CEO Mark Smith today confirmed rumours that have been swirling around the trade since before Frankfurt - that Anthony Cheetham has relinquished his role as executive chairman after two years, becoming non-executive chairman with immediate effect. - 11 November 2008

Cheetham, who was certainly not ready for or suited to a non-executive role and who fell out with the rest of the Quercus board, moved the following year to Atlantic. That relationship ended unhappily too, and Cheetham moved on to found a new company, Head of Zeus (HoZ). It has been reported that he will hand over the chief executive role to his son Nicolas at the end of 2018.

After Quercus ran into trouble and was sold to Hachette in 2014, Mark Smith left and started a publisher called Zaffre, soon after selling it to Bonnier Publishing and becoming Bonnier Zaffre ceo. He left Bonnier Publishing this summer.

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