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Thames & Hudson was founded in 1949 by Walter and Eva Neurath. Their passion and mission for T&H was that its books should reveal the world of art to the general public, to create a ‘museum without walls’ and to make accessible to a broad, non-specialist reading public, at prices it could afford, the research and the findings of top scholars and academics. To capture the essence of this international concept, the name for the company linked the rivers flowing through London and New York (although Walter later admitted he could have chosen at least six other rivers for the name!).

Thames & Hudson has always prided itself on the very high standards of the books it produces, both in content and quality of production, and attracts many authors, artists, designers, illustrators and photographers who are distinguished in their own fields.

There is a sister company, Thames & Hudson Inc., based in New York and subsidiary companies in Melbourne, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Thames & Hudson publishes approximately 180 new titles each year and has a current backlist of over 2000 titles. The company specializes in the arts (fine, applied, decorative, performing), archaeology and history, architecture, design, photography, travel and popular culture, but also publishes in a variety of other areas, especially those of visual interest.

One of its best-known and most envied publishing ventures is the World of Art series, in which well over 200 titles have been published over the last 30 years.

Thomas Neurath, Managing Director of Thames & Hudson since 1967, became Chairman of the company on 1 October 2005. At the same time, his sister Constance Kaine, formerly Head of Design, became Deputy Chairman and Jamie Camplin, Editorial Director, became Managing Director.

As part of its succession plans first announced in December 2012, Thames & Hudson Ltd has appointed Rolf Grisebach to be its new Chief Executive Officer starting in September 2013.
    Most recently Rolf Grisebach ran Pearson in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and prior to that headed Macmillan's $250 million Education and STM division in the USA.
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