Gail Rebuck is Chairman and Chief Executive of The Random House Group, the UK's leading trade publishing company with companies in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India. The Random House Group comprises 4 publishing divisions (Random House, Transworld, Random House Children's Books and Ebury) consisting of over 30 imprints publishing many of the world's best-known authors. Born in London in 1952, Gail Rebuck was educated at the Lycée Français de Londres and took a degree in Intellectual History at the University of Sussex in 1974. Gail started her publishing career as a Production Assistant, moving on to become an Editor and, in 1979, joined the Hamlyn Group as non-fiction Publisher to launch a new mass-market paperback list. In 1982 she became a founder director, with four colleagues, of Century Publishing and, as a Publishing Director of their non-fiction list, was instrumental in the rapid growth of the company. Century merged with Hutchinson in 1985 and was acquired in 1989 by Random House Inc, the world's largest English language trade publishing group. In 1991, Gail was appointed Chair and Chief Executive of Random House UK with overall responsibility for the publishing company, its three distribution centres and overseas subsidiaries. In 1998, Random House was acquired by the Bertelsmann international media group, uniting all the Random House imprints with those of Transworld publishers to create The Random House Group Ltd with Gail as Chair and Chief Executive. For 10 years Gail was a Trustee of the Institute for Public Policy Research and also a member of the Government's Creative Industries Task Force. She launched World Book Day in 1998 and is currently chairing the Steering Committee of Quick Reads, the adult literacy initiative to be launched on World Book Day 2006. Gail has a diploma from The Wharton Business School, honorary doctorates from the Universities of Sussex, Exeter and Oxford Brookes and she is an Honorary Fellow of the London Business School. Gail is a Non-Executive Director of BSkyB, a Trustee of The Work Foundation and on the Council of the Royal College of Art. She was awarded a CBE in the 2000 Honours List.