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New CEO for Manchester University Press

18 Jun 2013

The University of Manchester is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Frances Pinter as interim Chief Executive Officer of Manchester University Press (MUP).

Dr Frances Pinter
Dr Frances Pinter

Frances will take up the part-time post on 1 August 2013, succeeding David Rodgers who is retiring after more than 30 years with Manchester University Press - the last 15 years as Chief Executive Officer. 

Frances Pinter comes to MUP with a distinguished publishing track record, from the establishment of Pinter Publishers Ltd at the age of 23, her management of Leicester University Press, and as founding publisher of Bloomsbury Academic, through her work for the Soros Foundation (Open Society Foundation) in revitalising publishing in 30 post-communist countries, including work with former USSR university libraries.  

Frances is also the founder and director of Knowledge Unlatched that has created a distinctive model of Open Access publishing in partnership with a significant number of leading libraries. Frances’s continued association and experience with Knowledge Unlatched will help build stronger links between MUP, the University of Manchester Library and key academic disciplines.

The President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell said: "I am delighted that Frances Pinter will be joining Manchester University Press.

"At a time of exciting developments in academic research and publishing, she brings a deep understanding of these changes and an international track record of innovative solutions to address the challenges”. 

The Chair of Manchester University Press Board Professor Alistair Ulph said: "Building on the success of MUP under David’s leadership, Frances is an outstanding appointment to lead the Press in its next phase of development.”

Frances Pinter said “The combination of MUP’s distinguished track record and Manchester University’s commitment to embrace an holistic approach to scholarly communications is every university press publisher’s dream. I look forward to setting in train new directions for the Press”.

Notes for editors

Jon Keighren, Media Relations Manager, The University of Manchester