Dr Henry Reece, Secretary to the Delegates and Chief Executive of Oxford University Press (OUP) will retire in June 2009.
His announcement comes after eleven years in the position, during which OUP has seen tremendous investment and expansion.
Despite believing that his job has been “the best publishing job in the world”, Reece feels it is time to move on.
A committee led by Professor Sir John Vickers will make the decision as to who will replace him by around spring 2009.
OUP is the largest university press in the world.