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ING Bank Head of Media Corporate Finance Named Chief Digital Officer at HarperCollins

Chantal Restivo-Alessi has been appointed chief digital officer at HarperCollins. She will report to HarperCollins Worldwide CEO Brian Murray.

Restivo-Alessi previously served as head of media corporate finance at ING Bank in London. She has also worked at Aegis Group, EMI Music and Booz & Company.

Murray had this statement in the release: “Her extensive expertise in strategy development and execution, as well as change management in the media space, makes her a perfect fit for HarperCollins as we look to expand the strategic partnerships required to grow in the future.”

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HarperCollins to Buy Thomas Nelson

HarperCollins Publishers revealed today that they have sealed a “definitive agreement” to buy Christian publisher Thomas Nelson. Terms of the deal were not revealed, and will be finalized by the end of the year.

Follow this link to read the complete release. Thomas Nelson publishes many inspirational titles, including books by authors like Billy Graham, Max Lucado and Dave Ramsey. In 1988, HarperCollins acquired the Christian publisher, Zondervan.

HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray had this comment in the release: “Founded in 1798 in Edinburgh, Scotland, Thomas Nelson shares a long and rich heritage with both New York’s Harper Brothers and Scotland’s William Collins & Sons. It is thus with great pleasure that I look forward to welcoming Thomas Nelson to the HarperCollins family.”

Michael Morrison to Helm HarperStudio After Bob Miller’s Departure

harperStudioHeader.jpgToday HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray announced that Michael Morrison–the company’s president and publisher of U.S. General Books and Canada–will lead HarperStudio after the departure of current publisher Bob Miller in May.

Murray had this statement: “At a time of great change in publishing, Bob built HarperStudio into a new innovative publishing imprint based on profit shares with authors and non returnable book sales with retailers. It was recently named one of the most innovative companies by Fast Company magazine … I thank Bob for his contributions to HarperCollins and ask you to join me in wishing Bob much success in his new role.”

As we reported earlier, Miller will head to Workman Publishing as Group Publisher–supervising Workman, Algonquin, and Artisan imprints alongside Workman CEO Peter Workman.

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HarperCollins Partners with iPhone for Book Excerpts

HarperCollins announced Wednesday that it had set up a special link that will allow browsers to view excerpts from more than a dozen new releases, such as Michael White‘s SOUL CATCHER and Michael Korda‘s biography of President Eisenhower, reports the Associated Press. Browsers can view up to 10 pages of a given book’s first two chapters and can quickly shrink or enlarge the print size.

“Reaching consumers on mobile devices and the Internet is increasingly important for publishers,” Brian Murray, president of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide, said in a statement that noted the publisher has some 10,000 titles already digitized. “Our digital warehouse gives us the unique opportunity to quickly offer access to our titles on the newest technology, and we encourage people to provide feedback about their experiences.”

Steve Ross’s Plans for Collins

With longtime Crown VP and publisher Steve Ross‘s move to Collins now complete, Crain’s decides to profile him and his plans for the business side of HarperCollins. There, he will be tasked with turning a sleepy nonfiction division, mainly known for wellness, business and reference books, into a powerhouse. Though already profitable and sporting current best seller THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR BOYS, the house is rarely on agents’ lists for high-profile projects or works of narrative nonfiction.

“What we liked about Steve was that he had a terrific track record, both in terms of picking best sellers and in terms of building a profitable publishing company,” says Brian Murray, president of HarperCollins worldwide. Murray adds that figuring out where Collins should be in five years will be a big part of the new publisher’s job – and all eyes will be watching to see how Ross will go about doing that.

Steve Ross Leaves Crown to Run Collins

We were forwarded the news with the subject header “HOLY MOTHERFREAKING POOP” and that pretty much sums up my reaction to the news that Crown Senior Vice President and Publisher Steve Ross has been hired as president and publisher of their Collins division, reporting to Brian Murray and starting in July. He replaces Joe Tessitore, who is retiring from the position this summer. Murray says in the announcement, “The combination of Steve’s publishing acumen, business savvy and experience is ideally suited to lead Collins to the next level. I look forward to working closely with Steve to build Collins into a market leader in non-fiction publishing and to identify new areas of growth for the company.”

Murray Promoted to HC Worldwide President

PW Daily reports that Brian Murray has been promoted to the position of president of HarperCollins worldwide. Murray’s been at the publisher for seven years now and most recently had the title of HarperCollins group president. In this newly created position, HC said Murray will work closely with CEO Jane Friedman in “identifying and directing the company’s worldwide growth.”

HarperCollins Launches Embeddable Online Reader

In another move to expand the horizons of its digital warehouse, HarperCollins announced in a statement today the creation of the “Browse Inside” widget, which enables fans and authors to embed sample pages of their favorite books directly onto social networking sites and blogs. It marks the first time a syndicated reader for books has been available online. The widget provides simple code that can be copied and placed on a profile or blog. Currently, the standard browsable sample pages that are available include the covers, front matter, back matter and first three pages of chapters one and two.

“The Browse Inside widget is the most recent marketing tool we have developed using the capabilities of our digital warehouse to market our titles to the MySpace generation online,” said Brian Murray, Group President, HarperCollins. “We are extending our reach beyond the HarperCollins site to where many potential book buyers visit – on social communities, blogs or author sites.”