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John Leahy Named CFO at Cengage Learning

CengageJohn Leahy has been hired as chief financial officer for Cengage Learning.

In his new role, Leahy will oversee the company’s finances and manage a team. He will report directly to chief executive officer Michael Hansen.

Here’s more from the press release: “John most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Care.com, the world’s largest online marketplace for finding and managing family care, where he helped lead its successful Initial Public Offering this past January. Previously, John served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of iRobot, a pure play robotics firm which develops and markets consumer and defense products, and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Keane, Inc., which provided business consulting and outsourcing services to Fortune 1000 companies.”

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Amanda Bullock Moves to Literary Arts, Inc.

Amanda BullockLiterary Arts, Inc. has named Amanda Bullock to take on the role of festival and events manager for the Wordstock Festival. Prior to this move, Bullock served as the director of public programming for the nonprofit cultural institution Housing Works Bookstore.

Literary Arts acquired the Wordstock Festival earlier this year. This literary event will be re-launched on November 07, 2015 at the Portland Art Museum. Powell’s Books has signed on to serve as a community partner for this venture.

Bullock gave this statement in the press release: “Wordstock 2015 will reflect the dynamic literary culture of Portland and the Pacific Northwest, as well as attract authors and attendees from across the country and around the world. I am excited to start the next chapter of my career and my literary life. I hope to bring my experience in New York City publishing, literary programming, and community building to reinvigorate Wordstock and collaborate with the amazing literary community to create a festival that will be bigger and better than ever: a destination event that is truly Portland.”

Erin Stein Moves to the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

macmillanchildrens130Erin Stein will move from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group (MCPG).

Stein will serve as publisher for a yet-to-be-named new imprint. She reports directly to MCPG president and publisher Jon Yaged.

In the past, Stein has worked on several licensed property projects that feature My Little Pony, Despicable Me, and The Muppets. With this new position, she will manage brand publishing ventures and oversee acquisitions for both commercial fiction and picture book manuscripts.

David Kent to Leave HarperCollins Canada

harpercollinsDavid Kent, the president and CEO of HarperCollins Canada, plans to leave the company at the end of this year.

Kent has devoted almost 14 years of his career to this position. Two executives, Iris Tupholme and Leo MacDonald, have received promotions and will henceforth manage the company.

Here’s more from the press release: “This change is concurrent with HarperCollins’ decision to exit the Canadian distribution business. HarperCollins announced earlier today that it will transfer the fulfillment responsibilities for its Canadian titles to RR Donnelley.”

Michelle Aielli Moves to Hachette Books

Hachette LogoMichelle Aielli has been named executive director of publicity at Hachette Books. She will report to publisher Mauro DiPreta.

In new new role, Aielli will oversee the publicity for both the division’s brand and the titles on its list. The start date for her new position has been set for November 17th.

For the past 10 years, Aielli has worked in the Little, Brown PR team. She launched and managed campaigns for James Patterson, J.K. Rowling, Donna Tartt, Keith Richards, Elin Hilderbrand, Jonathan Safran Foer, and more.

3 Staff Members at St. Martin’s Press Receive Promotions

stmartins130Three staff members at St. Martin’s Press have received promotions. All of them work within the art department.

Mike Storrings has been named vice president and creative director of the imprint. David Rotstein will tackle on the dual role of executive art director at St. Martin’s Press and creative art director of Minotaur. Olga Grlic has been appointed executive art director of the Griffin and mass market paperbacks teams.

Carlos Lozada Named Nonfiction Book Critic at ‘The Washington Post’

The Washington PostCarlos Lozada has been appointed the nonfiction book critic at The Washington Post. His start date is scheduled for the end of this year.

Currently, Lozada serves as the editor of the publication’s “Outlook” section. In his new role, he will write weekly reviews and share in the responsibilities of covering both nonfiction books and long-form nonfiction.

Here’s more from the announcement: “From his perch in ‘Outlook,’ Carlos has already established himself as a fresh voice in Post criticism, writing everything from essays on book-title trends (‘The end of everything’) to reviews of high-profile books on politics, foreign policy, economics and culture, such as Mark Leibovich’s This Town, or William Deresiewicz’s Excellent Sheep. This summer, Carlos developed a detailed proposal on how to reimagine the role of the nonfiction book critic for a digital age – and proceeded to pitch himself for the role. He had a great idea, and we agreed that he’d be perfect for it.”

Liza Baker & Abigail Stahlman Join the Scholastic Trade Publishing Team

scholasticTwo new additions have been made to the Scholastic Trade Publishing team.

Liza Baker has been named vice president and executive editorial director of Cartwheel and Orchard Books. Just before this move, Baker held the executive editorial director position at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Abigail Stahlman will serve as graphic designer of the trade marketing group. Prior to this appointment, Stahlman freelanced for the company.

Rick Horgan Named Executive Editor at Scribner

ScribnerRick Horgan has been hired to serve as vice president and executive editor at Scribner, an imprint at Simon & Schuster.

Here’s more from the press release: “In a distinguished career that has spanned decades, Rick Horgan has worked with more than 400 authors and edited—across a variety of genres—more than ninety national bestsellers, including the recently published The Good Spy by Kai Bird. Horgan’s books have won numerous awards and honors, such as the Pulitzer Prize for Tom Reiss’ The Black Count, and the PEN Literary Award for Marshall Jon Fisher’s A Terrible Splendor.”

Some of the authors he has worked with in the past include Bill Gates, Condoleezza Rice, Jay Leno, Maria Shriver, Pete Sampras, David Baldacci, Jeffrey Archer, and John Lescroart. With this new role, Horgan will acquire both commercial fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. In nonfiction, Horgan will focus on memoirs, politics, sports, current events, biographies, and business books.

Eric Price Moves to Melville House

melville house logoEric Price has been named vice president of new business development at Melville House.

Price will be responsible for overseeing the growth of the publishing house. Prior to this move, he served as director of sales and marketing at Quercus and COO at Grove Atlantic.

Price had this statement in the press release: “I’m thrilled to work with Dennis, Valerie, and the entire Melville House staff. As the publishing landscape consolidates, it is exciting to be able to work for a publisher that continues to have a strong independent voice and has a growth strategy that is committed to publishing books that add to our cultural discourse.”

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