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Stacy Lellos Joins Scholastic

scholasticlogo082310Stacy Lellos has been named senior vice president and general manager for the Scholastic brand, Klutz.

With her new position, Lellos will assemble a team and oversee all of the operations within Klutz. She reports directly to Ellie Berger, the president of Scholastic’s trade publishing division. Though she is no stranger to the company, prior to this appointment she served as a vice president of marketing at Toys ‘R’ Us.

Here’s more from the press release: “Stacy Lellos originally joined Scholastic in 2000 as senior brand manager and soon became director, brand management and retail marketing. She led the strategic direction for the management and marketing of the Harry Potter series across the company from 2000 to 2006 and drove cross-divisional promotions for other large franchises. In 2006, Lellos added responsibility for licensed publishing, before briefly leaving Scholastic.”

Joseph Pittman Joins Riverdale Avenue Books

RABJoseph Pittman has been brought on as an editorial director at Riverdale Avenue Books. Pittman will work on the list for the publishing house’s new mystery and thriller imprint, Dagger.

In the past, Pittman has held positions at Bantam Books, New American Library, and Alyson Books. Some of the authors he has worked with include Stephen King, Martha Grimes, and Lawrence Block.

Pittman had this statement in the press release: “I couldn’t be more excited to be joining Riverdale Avenue Books.  I have long-admired its independent spirit and fierce loyalty to its authors.  I share that spirit and look forward to publishing many great authors–both new and established–on the Dagger line.  Publishing may be ever-changing, but the desire to work with and discover talented authors remains a constant.”

Heather Alexander Joins Pippin Properties

Heather AlexanderHeather Alexander has been hired as a literary agent at Pippin Properties, Inc.

For six years, Alexander served as an editor at Dial Books for Young Readers. Some of the authors and illustrators she has worked with include Anne C. Voorhoeve, Jeanne Ryan, and Sophie Blackall.

According to the agency’s email announcement, Alexander “is looking for new talent from a broad range of children’s book authors and illustrators, from picture books through young adult, including graphic novels. She’s most interested in unique characters, strong voices, and quirky humor.”

Chris Grimm Joins Kensington as Director of Sales

kensingtonChris Grimm has been hired as director of sales at Kensington Publishing Corp. He will report to CEO Steven Zacharius.

In Grimm’s new role, he will manage and oversee the sales department. The team works on to sell the 500 hardcover, trade paperback and mass market titles that the company publishes on a yearly basis.

Here’s more from the press release: “Chris has been at Globe Pequot since 2006, most recently as VP of Sales. In 2013 he won the B&N Rep of the Year Award for mid-sized publishers. He started at Globe Pequot as Director of Field Sales, and was promoted to Director of National Accounts, handling: BGI, Ingram, the Clubs and B&N. Prior to working at Globe he was at Simon & Schuster for several years as a Director of National Accounts.”

Job Moves at Scholastic

scholasticlogo082310Ellen Duda will come on board at Scholastic Trade as a designer. In addition, several staff members at the company have received promotions recently.

Julie Amitie is now executive director of marketing. Beth Noble has been named associate marketing manager. Emelia Zamani will serve as the editorial manager for the Chicken House and David Fickling Books imprints. Nina Goffi now holds the position of senior designer. Rachel Hicks has been promoted to managing editor of the trade hardcover and paperback division.

Jill Freshney Receives Promotion at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

mac kidsJill Freshney has been promoted to senior executive managing editor at the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

Freshney has been with the company for more than six years. In this newly-created position, she will report directly to associate publisher and vice president Angus Killick.

In her new role, Freshney will oversee the managing editorial and copy editing department for the entire children’s books division. She will also supervise freelance copy editors and focus on consolidating the managing editorial team.

Publishers Weekly Promotes Jonathan Segura, Rachel Deahl & Daniel Berchenko

pwlogoPublishers Weekly has promoted three editors. Jonathan Segura, former senior editor for digital media, has been named executive editor. Rachel Deahl, the former senior news editor, is now news director. Daniel Berchenko the former copy chief is now managing editor.

Here is more from the press release: “Jonathan Segura’s new role involves expanding Publishers Weekly’s digital reach and moving the organization toward a digital-first environment. Rachel Deahl, who writes the “Deals” column as well as about business trends, technology and rights, takes on the day-to-day activities of the e-newsletter PW Daily. Daniel Berchenko is now responsible for managing the editorial production process of the magazine.”

Earlier this week, the magazine’s Editorial Director Michael Coffey announced plans to retire in June after 26 years with the publication. Jim Milliot, who has been with the company for 21 years, will take the lead at the publication.

Jim Milliot to Lead Publishers Weekly as Michael Coffey Retires

pwlogoEditorial Director Michael Coffey is retiring from Publishers Weekly in June after 26 years with the publication. Jim Milliot, who has been with the company for 21 years, will take the lead at the publication. Milliot and Coffey have served as a co-editorial directors since April 2010, when PWxyz LLC acquired the trade from Reed Business Information.

“Michael Coffey has contributed a valuable editorial viewpoint to Publishers Weekly, and I look forward to continuing to guide the magazine into the future as the tides of book publishing shift and change,” stated Milliot.

Coffey will keep his relationship alive with the publication as a contributing editor. “Working at PW has been a dream job. How lucky to duly report to an office every day where American publishers are sending all their books for you to read. And being part of an industry that has adjusted to and survived the digital revolution has been particularly gratifying,” stated Coffey.

Dan Lubart Joins Hachette as SVP

26999ccDan Lubart has joined the Hachette Book Group (HBG) in the role of Senior Vice President, Strategy and Publishing Operations. In his new role, Lubart is tasked with strategic planning, business development, digital media distribution as well as supply chain management functions across HBG imprints.

Lubart comes to HBG from HarperCollins where he previously served as SVP of Sales Analytics and Pricing at HarperCollins. According to his LinkedIn page, he has also worked at Universal Music, Deloitte, Citigroup, and is the founder of Iobyte Solutions, “a digital agency which provides custom software development, measurement and analytics strategy and online marketing support services.”

“Dan is a high impact executive with deep skills in publishing, strategy and business intelligence,” stated  Joe Mangan, Chief Operating Officer of HBG. “He has extensive experience in creating data transparency, and crafting information around the key decisions we make in publishing. Dan will be invaluable in helping Hachette Book Group further develop the skills and capabilities it needs to compete effectively today and well into the future.”

 

Deborah Aaronson Joins Phaidon as Vice President, Publisher

phaidonlogo200Deborah Aaronson has been appointed Vice President, Group Publisher at Phaidon Press based in the company’s NYC offices. Aaronson will report to Keith Fox, the newly appointed CEO of Phaidon.

As Group Publisher of Phaidon, Aaronson will be responsible for expanding Phaidon’s Visual Arts, Photography, Interior Design, Fashion, and Children’s publishing programs. She will also oversee design and production. ”I am thrilled that Deb has joined Phaidon,” stated Fox. “Her extensive publishing experience, intelligence and creativity will continue to drive Phaidon’s growth as the preeminent visual arts publisher in the world.”

Aaronson comes to Phaidon from Abrams, where she recently served as Vice President, Publisher for the adult trade group. She spent more than 14 years at the publisher. She has a Master of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Tisch School of the Arts.

Phaidon recently hired Jacky Klein who will join the publisher as Commissioning Editor for Art in June.

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