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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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Matthew C. Baldacci Named VP of Marketing at Scholastic Trade Publishing

scholasticMatthew C. Baldacci will join Scholastic’s trade publishing team as vice president of marketing in late April.

In his new role, Baldacci will manage the marketing and brand strategy for all the imprints within the trade publishing division. He reports to the division’s president, Ellie Berger.

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Stacy Creamer to Join Hachette Books as VP & Executive Editor

hachetteStacy Creamer will join Hachette Book Group as Vice President, Executive Editor of Hachette Books in June. In her new role, Creamer will report to Mauro DiPreta, VP, Publisher of Hachette Books.

She will help lead a new publishing division for Hachette which will be built on Hyperion’s backlist, an asset that HBG acquired last summer. The catalog will include narrative nonfiction, business, pop culture, science, health and wellness, humor, and fiction.

Creamer comes to Hachette from Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone, where she served as VP Publisher. She left the publisher last November. Before Touchstone, Creamer was VP, Editor-in-Chief at Broadway Books, an imprint of Random House. Prior to her time at Broadway Books, Creamer worked at Putnam. In her 30 year publishing career, she was worked on books from authors including: Lance Armstrong, J. A. Jance, Lauren Weisberger,Elizabeth Edwards, Douglas Blackmon, and Kurt Eichenwald.

 

Jacky Klein Joins Phaidon Press as Commissioning Editor for Art

03faafcJacky Klein is joining Phaidon Press as Commissioning Editor for Art in June. Klein will be based in the publisher’s London office but will also be present on a regular basis in Phaidon’s New York office.

Klein comes to Phaidon from Thames & Hudson, where she served as Commissioning Editor, overseeing the publication of art history and contemporary art books, as well as the World of Art series, among other projects. Prior to working in publishing Klein has held role as a curator for the Tate, Barbican, Courtauld and Hayward galleries.

“I am so pleased that Jacky will be joining Phaidon as she brings with her a wealth of experience across the arts and I am confident that she will be a fantastic addition to the team at what is an extremely exciting time for the company,” stated Emilia Terragni, Publisher at Phaidon Press.

Klein’s appointment comes on the heels of news that Phaidon has hired a new CEO.

Keith Fox Named CEO of Phaidon Press

keith-150X200Keith Fox has joined Phaidon Press as the company’s new CEO.

Fox is tasked with leading the company and expanding their hold in the U.S., Europe and Asia in its core categories: arts, photography, design, architecture, and cookery. He will be based in the publisher’s New York office.

Fox comes to Phaidon from McGraw Hill Financial, where he most recently served as president of the Construction division, overseeing Architectural Record and Engineering News Record. Previously he served as president of BusinessWeek and president of McGraw Hill Professional. Before his tenure at McGraw Hill, Fox held management positions at Reader’s Digest Association, Unilever, and Booz Allen Hamilton. He has a BA from Brown University and an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.

Ira Silverberg to Join Open Road as Strategic Advisor

irasilverbergIra Silverberg, the former Literature Director of the National Endowment for the Arts, has joined Open Road Integrated Media, as Strategic Advisor for Author Brands.

In his new post, which starts April 22nd, Silverberg will be signing on authors and acquiring backlist catalogs. He will report to Publisher Tina Pohlman. ”I have always admired Ira’s love of literature, his generosity of spirit, and his professional integrity,” stated Pohlman. “He cares about writers first and foremost, and brings a backlist savoir faire to Open Road that will be a great asset in our mission to preserve the legacy of the greats in the digital future.”

Silverberg comes to Open Road from NEA where he has worked since 2011. Prior to that position, he held several positions in publishing. He was Editor in Chief of Grove Press, as well as Publisher and Founding Coeditor of High Risk Books, an imprint of Serpent’s Tail. Silverberg also owned a public relations company dedicated to independent literary presses and nonprofit literary organizations. He also served as a literary agent and Foreign Rights Director at Donadio & Olson and Sterling Lord Literistic.

 

Lucas Wittman Has Joined Regan Arts as Executive Editor/Associate Publisher

lucaswittmannJudith Regan has hired  Lucas Wittmann for the newly launched Regan Arts. Wittmann will serve as the new Phaidon division’s Executive Editor and Associate Publisher.

 

Wittman comes to Regan Arts from The Daily Beast where he has spent the last four years as books editor and senior editor.  Here is more from the press release: “He won a National Magazine Award for Book Beast, one of the most widely read literary sites, and also edited international and feature stories on everything from the yakuza to Iraqi jihadis to neuroscience. He is the co-founder of the new literary cabaret series House of SpeakEasy, a non-profit dedicated to working with writers to develop new audiences and bring them to schools.”

Earlier this month, the company announced new hires Fritz BrantleyRon Hoganand Michael Szczerban.

Fritz Brantley, Ron Hogan & Michael Szczerban Join Regan Arts as Editors

reganartsJudith Regan has hired three editors for the newly launched Regan Arts.  Fritz Brantley, Ron Hogan and Michael Szczerban will join the new Phaidon division.

Senior editor Szczerban comes to Regan Arts from Simon & Schuster, where he was the recipient of the 2012 Lawrence Peel Ashmead Editorial Award. In his new role, Szczerban will acquire fiction and nonfiction, focusing on “transformative ideas,” “technology and culture,” and “why we are the way we are.”

Hogan, a former GalleyCat editor, comes to Regan Arts from Shelf Awareness where he served as contributing editor. In the new job, Hogan will acquire fiction and nonfiction, focusing on “current affairs,” “pop culture,” and “inspirational/entrepreneurial stories.”

Associate editor Fritz Brantley comes to the new imprint Routledge, where he served as editor and marketer. Brantley has also written for Oprah.com, Publisher’s Weekly, and the East Bay Express.

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.

 

 

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