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Scholastic Hires Chief Experience Officer

heathermcintoshcassanoScholastic has hired Heather McIntosh Cassano as Chief Experience Officer, a newly created position.

In her new role, Cassano will work with the company’s various publishing departments to implement Schoh digital experiences. She will also lead the entire company’s user experience designers, prototypers and user researchers. Evolving the company’s website for elementary school teachers is her first mission. She will also work with product development and e-commerce employees to help ensure a consistent user experience across channels.

Cassano has more than twenty-five years of experience in user experience and product design. She comes to Scholastic from Pearson, where she served as Chief Experience Officer for about three years. Cassano has also held senior positions at Yahoo, Google, Symantec Corporation and Sun Microsystems. She received her B.A. in computer science from Boston College, and a Master of Fine Arts from Bennington College, Vermont.

Rose Else-Mitchell Named EVP of Scholastic Education

roseelsemitchellRose Else-Mitchell has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Scholastic Education and Publisher, Global Education at newly created position.

In her new role, Else-Mitchell will oversee the creation and development of print books and technology learning products for the pre-K-12th grade market. She will also be tasked with building a global roadmap for the company’s education products, collaborating with teams in Australia, New Zealand, the U.K. and Canada.

Rose joined Scholastic in 2001 and is credited with launching Scholastic’s technology programs including READ 180  and SYSTEM 44, as well as developing iRead and MATH 180. According to her LinkedIn page, prior to joining Scholastic, Else-Mitchell served as Managing Editor: Acquisitions and Production at the Primary Teacher’s Association in Australia. Before that she was a Development Officer at The Children’s Book Council in Sydney, Australia.

 

 

Job Moves at Quirk Books, Atavist Books, & Penguin Young Readers Group

Quirk-Books-logoA number of publishing job changes have been announced recently.

Nicole DeJackmo has received a promotion and will henceforth serve as an associate director of publicity and marketing at Quirk Books. She will continue to oversee promotional campaigns and manage a marketing team.

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Joe Mangan Named EVP/Chief Operating Officer of Hachette

joemanganJoe Mangan will join the Hachette Book Group (HBG) as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer on February 3.

Mangan comes to HBG from Perseus Books where he has spent the last decade at Chief Operating Officer.

“…he has built a remarkable record of success, focused on growth, IT opportunities, digital transformation, distribution, and efficiency,” stated  Michael Pietsch, CEO of HBG. “Joe’s reputation is one of the best in our industry, and his skills, trade publishing experience, and leadership style are a perfect match for HBG. With his deep expertise in IT and vision for our digital future, his wealth of experience building distribution businesses, and his insight into strategic business development, Joe will be a tremendous asset for us.” Read more

Claiborne Smith Named Editor-in-Chief at Kirkus Media

292681_345737255463749_1546631150_nClaiborne Smith has been named editor-in-chief at Kirkus Media.

The company created to help with the content expansion of the Kirkus Reviews magazine. Smith will continue to fulfill his duties as a features editor. With this new position, he will also manage the editorial team.

Smith had this statement in the press release: “At a time when the publishing industry is making big and small leaps to adapt to many changes, it’s exciting to lead a growing magazine that has been at the heart of publishing since 1933. Kirkus is an organization driven by integrity and a sincere love of books, and I can think of no greater honor than leading this dynamic team of editors and writers.”

BuzzFeed Hires Isaac Fitzgerald to Edit its Books Section

Screen Shot 2013-11-08 at 9.46.39 AMBuzzFeed has hired Isaac Fitzgerald, the former director of publicity of at McSweeney’s, to head up its new books section. Fitzgerald is also the co-founder of Pen & Ink and co-owner of The Rumpus.

Fitzgerald is relocating from San Francisco to New York and will begin in December, according to reports.

In an interview with Poynter.org, Fitzgerald said that the site will begin doing reviews, but would refrain from writing negative reviews. “Why waste breath talking smack about something?” he told Poynter.org. “You see it in so many old media-type places, the scathing takedown rip.” Read more

Thank You for Five Wonderful Years

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After five years, I am leaving Mediabistro and GalleyCat.

I am moving on to the True Pictures film company, where I will lead the story investigation department and build an online community.  You can keep track of my writing projects or connect on my personal page.

I will always be grateful for the opportunity to work with this lovely group of readers and writers. Every single day I woke up and discovered something new. No writer can ask for anything more than that.

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Stacy Creamer To Leave Touchstone

touchstoneStacy Creamer, the publisher of Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone imprint, will leave the company on November 15th.

In a memo to staff, Scribner Publishing Group president Susan Moldow said she will work as Touchstone publisher “until further notice.” Here’s an excerpt from the memo:

Under Stacy, Touchstone has enjoyed ongoing success with Philippa Gregory, whose star as a first-class purveyor of historical fiction shines brighter than ever; relentlessly pushed Kathleen Grissom’s THE KITCHEN HOUSE, the proverbial little-book-that-could that has gone from an initial print run of 12,000 copies to more than 700,000 copies in combined print/electronic circulation; and extended Bethenny Frankel’s SKINNYGIRL franchise in new directions, including fiction. 

David Pogue Heads To Yahoo

pogueAuthor and New York Times columnist David Pogue is joining to Yahoo to start a “new consumer-tech site” for the tech company.

The new position begins “in a few weeks,” but Pogue reminded readers that he will continue his Missing Manual series. He will continue to work with PBS’ NOVA, CBS Sunday Morning and Scientific American. Here’s more from Pogue about his choice:

I realize that Yahoo is an underdog. I’ve given them a few swift kicks myself over the years. But over the last few months, as I’ve pondered this offer, I’ve visited Yahoo headquarters. I’ve spent a lot of time with its executives. And what I found surprised me. This is a company that’s young, revitalized, aggressive — and, under Marissa Mayer’s leadership, razor-focused, for the first time in years. Since she took over a year ago, Yahoo has regained its position as the #1 most visited Web site on earth. She’s overseen brilliant overhauls of several Yahoo sites and apps, and had the courage to shut down the derelict ones. Above all, she’s created a “try stuff” atmosphere. She calls Yahoo “the world’s biggest startup.” People can really make a difference there. Yahoo is getting 12,000 résumés a week from would-be employees.

(Via WWLA & Romenesko)

Job Moves at Counterpoint Press, Nook, Crown & Scholastic

nookA number of publishing job changes were announced this week.

Dan Smetanka will serve as executive editor at Counterpoint Press. Prior to this, he held the position of editor-at-large. As an editor, he acquires both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts for the Counterpoint and Soft Skull imprints.

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