News broke today that Pottermore CEO Charlie Redmayne would be leaving the company to head HarperCollins UK following the departure of their current CEO Victoria Barnsley.
According to The Bookseller, Redmayne will be taking up his role on August 5. Current CTO Julian Thomas will be his interim during the transition period.
J.K. Rowling’s agent and co-founder of Pottermore, Neil Blair, said of Redmayne’s departure: “We’d like to thank Charlie for his great work on Pottermore. As it enters an exciting new phase of development, with the support of primary partner Sony, and also of Warner Bros, Pottermore is in great shape, with a robust in-house team in place, and CTO Julian Thomas at the helm in the transition process.”
Blair also commented that the company is now in the process of recruiting a new CEO to “lead the project into the future.”
Redmayne had this to say about leaving the company:
“Steering Pottermore through such a ground-breaking time in its development has been a great experience, and I am proud of what we have achieved. We have built up a brilliant in-house team at Pottermore, and I know I am leaving it in the best possible hands. I am excited for its future under new leadership, where it will continue to push the boundaries of digital publishing.”
Prior to Pottermore, Redmayne was Chief Digital Officer at HarperCollins until making the move to J.K. Rowling’s company in October 2011. During his time as chief executive officer, he lead the launch of Pottermore and the very successful Pottermore Shop. He has also helped in the development of Pottermore on PlayStation Home, the Book of Spells, and the recently announced Book of Potions.
Here at Pottermore News, we are sorry to see Redmayne go but wish him all the best. He’s done a fantastic job as CEO and we’re sure he’ll do the same at HarperCollins U.K.