Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Announce New Judging Panel for Business Book of the Year Award 2009

London, 19 May 2009 - The Financial Times and Goldman Sachs have announced the new panel of judges for the 2009 Business Book of the Year. The Award was launched officially in London at a breakfast debate hosted by Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, and attended by key industry figures from business and publishing, including current judge Helen Alexander, Bain Capital; new judge Lynda Gratton, Professor, London Business School and John Kay, economist and contributor to the FT.

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The launch debate posed the question "Is a financial crisis the best or the worst time to publish a business book?" Speakers agreed that success, both in this year's award and in the wider market, could rest largely on timing. Helen Alexander said it is the "publishers' job to get the timing right". Lynda Gratton and John Kay agreed that forward-looking books would "eventually be a bigger hit than retrospective books on the crisis and recession".

The judging panel for the 2009 Award comprises:
● Lionel Barber, editor, Financial Times
● Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
● Mario Monti, President of the Bocconi University of Milan and the first Chairman of Bruegel
● Helen Alexander, Advisor, Bain Capital
● Lynda Gratton, Professor, London Business School
● Alexander S. Friedman, Chief Financial Officer, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Lionel Barber said: “I’m delighted to be judging the entries once again, and while we expect to consider many books on the current global economic crisis, we hope that publishers will submit a wide range of books that reflect all facets of business.”

Lloyd Blankfein said: "The prize has a strong track record of recognizing compelling books on important topics. I look forward to debating this year's entrants with our judging panel."
The Business Book of the Year Award is designed to highlight the book that provides the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues, including management, finance and economics. Entries are invited from publishers of business books in the English language that are first published between 31st October 2008 and 1st November 2009. The deadline for entries is 30th June 2009 and the entry form is available online at

The judging panel will then select a shortlist of up to six authors, which will be announced in September. The overall winner will be announced at a gala event in London on 29th October 2009.

The winner of the Business Book of the Year Award will be awarded £30,000, and each of the remaining shortlisted authors will receive £5,000.

The 2008 Award was won by Mohamed El-Erian for ‘When Markets Collide’. The Award was presented at a gala dinner in New York, which was attended by over 200 senior executives from the publishing and business communities. William D. Cohan won the 2007 award for ‘The Last Tycoons’, ‘China Shakes the World’ by James Kynge won the 2006 award, and the winner of the inaugural award in 2005 was Thomas Friedman for his book ‘The World Is Flat’. 

For further information please contact:
Katrina Power/Steven Williams, Midas PR
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Lizzie Allen, Financial Times
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Camille McDuffie, Goldberg McDuffie Communications
T: +1 212-446-5106

Ed Canaday, Goldman Sachs
T: +212-357-0005

Notes to editors:
Entry forms and details of the Terms and Conditions are available from This annual Award aims to identify the book that provides the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues, including management, finance and economics. A shortlist of up to 6 titles will be announced in September, and the winner will be announced at a gala event in London on October 29th 2009. Submissions are invited from publishers or bona fide imprints based in any country.

Books must be published for the first time in the English language, or in English translation, between 31st October 2008 and 1st November 2009. There is no limit to the number of submissions from each publisher/imprint, provided they fit the criteria, and books from all genres except anthologies are eligible. There are no restrictions of gender, age or nationality of authors. Authors who are current employees of the Financial Times or Goldman Sachs, or the close relatives of such employees, are not eligible.

About the Financial Times:
The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organisations, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing extensive news, comment and analysis, the newspaper is printed at 23 print sites across the globe, has a daily circulation of 421,059 (ABC figures, April, 2009) and a readership of 1.3 million people worldwide. is the definitive home for business intelligence on the web, providing an essential source of news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community. attracts 11.4 million unique users, generating 83.2 million page views (ABCe figures, March 2009) and now has over 1.2 million registered users.

About Goldman Sachs:
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities and investment management services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high net worth individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong and other major financial centers around the world.