Isabelle Saporta is the author of a number of essays and has worked as a publisher at Editions Fayard for the past five years, taking over as Literary Director in January 2021. Her remit in her new role as Chief Executive Officer will be to press ahead with the publishing house’s development and extend its influence in both fiction and non-fiction, while addressing the new underlying trends facing the publishing sector.
Pierre Leroy, Hachette Livre’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented: “I am delighted to be able to entrust the management of a company as illustrious as Fayard to Isabelle Saporta, a high talented publisher who has been working for several years within this same publishing house. During her career as a publisher, Isabelle has brought to prominence new voices, new authors and new areas of interest. I am convinced that Isabelle, surrounded by Fayard’s talented teams, will be able to make the house and its authors shine by continuing the work of requirement, creativity, and freedom that underpins its activity”.
Isabelle Saporta gained a PhD in political science and is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris. She has pursued a career as an investigative journalist and documentary maker, as well as a columnist for several media outlets. She has written a number of essays, including the Livre Noir de l’agriculture (100,000 copies sold), and worked as a publisher at Editions Fayard since 2017. In her role at the publishing house, she has worked with many different authors, including economist Thomas Porcher (Traité hérétique, 50,000 copies sold), researcher François Gemenne (On a tous un ami noir), political scientist Chloé Morin (On a les politiques qu’on mérite), columnist Maxime Lledo (Génération fracassée) and architect Nicholas Gilsoul (Bêtes de villes). She has also collaborated with Christophe Barbier (Les Tyrannies de l’épidémie), Cyril Hanouna (Ce que m’ont dit les Français), leading chef Olivier Roellinger (Pour une révolution délicieuse) and author Vincent Ravalec on the Sainte-Croix les Vaches trilogy.
Hachette Livre is a subsidiary of Lagardère SA and the world’s third-largest trade and educational publishing group. With revenue of €2,598 million in 2021, it is the market leader in France, as well as ranking second in the UK, third in Spain and fourth in the US (in trade publishing). Hachette Livre has around 100 houses that together publish in the region of 16,000 new titles per year in 12 languages, mainly French, English and Spanish. The Group covers all segments of the mainstream publishing market: general fiction and non-fiction, mass-market paperbacks, children’s books, illustrated books, travel guides, school books, study guides and partworks. Hachette Livre is headquartered at Vanves (France).