Crowd-funding publisher Unbound appoints new CEO

Wil Harris

Unbound, the award-winning independent crowd-funding publisher, has enjoyed a year of remarkable growth and appointed a new CEO: Wil Harris.

With two Sunday Times bestsellers and a strong pivot towards trade sales in both the UK and the US, the company has enhanced its reputation for innovation and proved the strength of its unique crowd-funding model for author discovery.

The appointment of Wil Harris as CEO signals a move by the publisher to capitalise on this growth and lean into the digital-led strategy it has trailblazed over the past decade.

As well as running and revamping the UK’s digital publishing division at Condé Nast, Harris has established himself as a technology entrepreneur with an impressive history in digital media, having founded and successfully exited two businesses: ChannelFlip (digital video) and Entale (podcast production and technology).

Christoph Sander, Chairman of Unbound said: “The Board of Unbound is delighted to announce the appointment of Wil Harris as CEO of Unbound. Wil joins us with a highly successful background in growing, developing and exiting start-up businesses in the digital media and publishing space.

“His companies have been backed by some of the top media investors operating in the UK, including GMG Ventures, News Corp, Founders Factory, Ascension Ventures and DMG Ventures, and his experience brings huge credibility to our business in this world.

“This digital experience and entrepreneurial business background is highly complementary to the publishing expertise of John Mitchinson and Kate Boulton as Publisher and Managing Director, and we are excited to now have such an exceptionally strong and talented senior management team to lead Unbound into its next stage of its development.”

Wil Harris concluded: “Unbound is a unique and incredibly exciting business, and I am delighted to have the chance to play a part in its further development. Having previously worked to bring (and sometimes invent) digital best practice to the worlds of television, magazines, and radio, the chance to do the same to the publishing world was impossible to turn down. Not to mention that, as a boy who grew up hanging on every word that Douglas Adams wrote, the opportunity to work on 42 is a dream come true.

“Unbound’s unique model enables us to facilitate a more diverse range of talent to put art into the world, and I firmly believe this is something that the publishing industry is calling out for. The proprietary crowdfunding platform generates an incredible amount of valuable data, and I am excited to harness this unique resource to both empower and respect the creativity of our fantastic authors.”