Scholastic has named Jenny Frost as ePublisher and SVP, eBook Strategy. She has been consulting since leaving Crown Publishing Group, where she was President and Publisher, in January 2010.
Sara Nelson, book editor for O, The Oprah Magazine, is moving to Amazon where she will be Editorial Director, Amazon.com Books. The press release announces that Nelson “will be leading our editorial vision for books in the print and Kindle bookstores on Amazon.com.” Recently, Liz Egan joined Amazon Publishing’s New York imprint as Senior Editor, focusing on fiction, memoir, and parenting. Previously she was the books editor at Self Magazine for seven years.
Leigh Ann Ambrosi has left Sterling for Crown Publishing Group, where she will be VP, Brand Publishing, reporting to Tina Constable. She was VP Marketing and Publicity at Sterling. Kimberly Snead is the new Director, Brand Strategy at Crown, reporting to VP, Business Development Ranjana Wingender. Snead was Director, Consumer Marketing at Nickelodeon/MTV Networks.
Roland Lange has left the Google Books team, where he was Strategic Partner, Development Content Partnerships, and is now Major Accounts Lead at YouTube (also owned by Google).
Retail and marketing consultant Bill Miller has been named President of Galison Publishing, a division of The McEvoy Group, whose properties include include Chronicle Books, Princeton Architectural Press, and becker&mayer!.
Joshua Kendall will join Little, Brown on May 29 as Editorial Director of Mulholland Books suspense fiction imprint, reporting to Judy Clain. Previously Kendall was Senior Editor at Viking/Penguin, and fills the position held by John Schoenfelder, who left to work for film producer Scott Rudin.
Valentina Rice Head of International Sales for Penguin USA has left to found Many Kitchens, LLC, an online marketplace for artisanal foods. She may reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karen Rinaldi announced that Julie Will is joining HarperCollins starting May 14 as Executive Editor “working closely with me in acquiring and editing titles in the health and wellness area.” Will was most recently at OpenSky.com, and previously at Rodale.
Frances Gilbert announced that she will be leaving Sterling, effective Friday, May 18 and moving to Random House to be Editorial Director of Doubleday Children’s Books, reporting to Mallory Loehr, VP Publishing Director of Random/Golden Books. She begins mid-June.
Debi Fine recently left the company Direct Brands, the company that runs Book-of-the-Month and numerous other clubs. The new CEO is Daniel Shum; he comes from the Najafi Companies, where he is a Partner.
Laura Dawson will be starting a new position at R. R. Bowker, handling product management for DOI, ISNI and ISTC. She was Communications Chief at Firebrand Technologies.
Melville House announced a number of recent new hires. Sal Robinson has joined as an editor from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where she was most recently an associate editor. Founder and publisher of Dark Sky Press, Kevin Murphy, has been named Digital Marketing Manager, as well as Managing Editor of the MobyLives blog.
The Overlook Press announced that Jill Lichtenstadter has been appointed Sales Manager. She was previously Director of National Accounts at Hachette Book Group.
Jon Thurber, who has been books editor at the LA Times since 2010—his latest posting in over 40 years at the newspaper—is leaving the company.
Kathy Davis has joined Harlequin as Acquisitions Editor, supporting the newly acquired Heartsong Presents program. She had been a freelance writer and editor.
Peter Collingridge is the latest well-known epublishing recruit for Safari Books Online, where he will serve as VP of Product Development. He will work out of London initially, but will relocate to the San Francisco Bay area this summer.
Eric Brandt has joined Yale University Press as Senior Editor, Humanities. He was most recently Senior Editor at HarperOne.
Tattered Cover Manager of Operations Neil Strandberg has relocated to New York to join the ABA‘s staff in the new position of director of member technology.