People Roundup, April 2012


Evan Schnittman is joining Hachette Book Group on May 7 in a new executive position of EVP, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer. He will oversee  marketing and sales for all divisions of the company, which includes digital sales and marketing, advertising and promotion, and the market research and analytics group. He has been Managing Director, Group Sales and Marketing, Print & Digital at Bloomsbury and OUP since July, 2010

Carl Raymond has joined the Lisa Ekus Group as Associate Director of Media Training, responsible for training culinary professionals to present themselves in all forms of media. Previously he was Publishing Director for DK Publishing and worked at HarperCollins and Guideposts.

Marysue Rucci will return to Simon & Schuster as VP, Editor-in-Chief on April 2. She was most recently Editorial Director at Putnam and originally worked at S&S from 1997 through 2010.

Craig Young will be returning to HarperCollins, where he began his publishing career in 1990 in the International Sales Department, as VP, Associate Publisher of Ecco and Amistad. For the past twelve years, Craig has worked in sales at the Hachette Book Group – as the Director of National Accounts from 2000 to 2008, and most recently as the VP, National Accounts & Sales Director for BGI, LB, Adult and Octopus USA.

Karen Rinaldi, formerly EVP, Publisher and General Manager of Rodale Books, and Publisher and Managing Director of Bloomsbury US, will join HarperCollins as SVP and Executive Editor, reporting to Jonathan Burnham and starting April 16 th. She will have her own list of broad-based health and wellness and general non-fiction titles and will be hiring her own team.

Al Zuckerman is stepping down as Chairman of Writers House, the literary agency he founded in 1974. Taking over as Chairman is Amy Berkower, who formerly served as President. Simon Lipskar will be the agency’s new President.

Kate Travers has gone to Workman Publishing as Director, Digital Business Development.  She was Digital Marketing Manager at F+W.

Mulholland Books Editor John Schoenfelder will be leaving Little, Brown to work for film producer Scott Rudin, where he will oversee the development department. Schoenfelder joined the crime & suspense imprint in December 2009 from Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press, where he was an Assistant Editor. Mulholland launched its inaugural list in April 2011.

Marie Coolman is taking over from Peter Miller, who left for Liveright, the new Norton imprint,  as Senior Director of Publicity and Communications at Bloomsbury. She was formerly Executive Director of Publicity at Hyperion and Voice. She earlier held senior publicity positions at Penguin for Hudson Street Press and for Random House on the West Coast.

As reported last year in Publishing Trends, Publisher of the Golden Books Young Readers Group Kate Klimo has stepped down, Random House Children’s President and Publisher Chip Gibson announced recently. Klimo has worked at Random House since 1984, and spearheaded the acquisition of Golden in 2001. She will be Director of Creative Development at Media Assets Management Associates, where she “will continue turning our books into great TV shows.”

Editor-in-Chief of Random House Books for Young Readers Mallory Loehr  adds to her responsibilities as Publishing Director of the Golden group, reporting to Gibson. She now manages both the editorial and art departments for both groups.

Golden Books Editor-in-Chief Chris Angelilli will be promoted to Editor-in-Chief, Executive Director, licensed publishing. As part of his new duties he will also oversee Random House Children’s new partnership with Nickelodeon, where it will be the television company’s primary book publisher as of spring 2013.


Kevin Callahan has been promoted to Associate Publisher of It Books at HarperCollins.  He joined It Books as Associate Director of Marketing and was involved in the  launch of the imprint.  Matt Harper has been promoted to Executive Editor of the creative development team, reporting to Lisa Sharkey.

Laura Keefe has been promoted to Director of Digital & Trade Marketing for Bloomsbury’s  adult group, and Jonathan Kroberger has been promoted to Associate Publicist. For Bloomsbury Children’s and Walker Children’s, Katy Hershberger has been promoted to Director of Publicity.

Jessica Napp has been promoted from Publicity Manager to Associate Director of Publicity for Rizzoli; she joined Rizzoli in 2007.


OUP President Niko Pfund announced on April 2 that: “In response to the ever-changing marketplace and in order to increase efficiency, reduce customer and staff frustration, create better customer experiences, and otherwise better enable us to further the University’s scholarly and educational objectives, we are implementing a new simplified structure. As of April 1, 2012, OUP, Inc. has agreed to transfer its entire business to OUP. Oxford University Press USA (or “OUP USA” for short) will now be the name for Oxford University Press’s operations in the US.” The U.S. office was originally established in 1896.


Apr 14 – 16, 2012
Museum Store Association Conference & Expo
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA

Apr 15, 2012
Digital Minds Conference 2012 New Markets: New Models
Earls Court, London, UK

Apr 16 – 18, 2012
London Book Fair
Making Words Go Further
Earls Court, London, UK

Apr 19 – May 7, 2012
Buenos Aires International Book Fair
La Rural, Predio Ferial de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Apr 25 – 26, 2012
Digital Kids
Formerly the Engage! conference and expo
Los Angeles, CA

Apr 30 – May 6, 2012
PEN World Voices Festival
New York, NY

Apr 25 – 29, 2012
Geneva Fair for Books & Press
Palexpo Exhibition Centre, Geneva, Switzerland