People, Etc.

At Random House Children's, svp, communications & marketing, director, digital publishing Judith Haut has been named to the new position of svp, associate publisher. SVP, marketing John Adamo will now oversee all marketing for the division, and both continue to report to president and publisher Barbara Marcus.

Haut will now work with Marcus and leaders throughout the division to "set the long-term publishing strategy and processes for the division, identifying and developing new opportunities for the company’s frontlist and backlist." She will be in charge of paperbacks, and continues to oversee digital publishing and communications strategy.   The digital marketing and school & library marketing departments now join Adamo's reports.

Marcus says in the announcement, "Both Judith and John have been vital and longstanding contributors to the success of Random House Children's. These expanded roles will allow them to continue to strengthen and innovate within the division and position RHCB well for continued growth."

At Bloomsbury, as previously announced, Kathleen Farrar has returned to the London headquarters from Australia--where she set up Bloomsbury Australia--and is now group sales and marketing director. Louise Sherwin-Stark has taken over running the Australian business (she had been working for Google's ebookstore).

At Skyhorse, Christina Noriega has been named director, special markets. Previously she was a special markets manager at Klutz.  In addition, Kathryn Mennone has been promoted to director, national accounts & new business, special markets.

Legal books publisher Matthew Bender will close its offices in Albany, NY by the end of 2014, which will result in the loss of 220 jobs. The publisher's offices in New York City and Dayton, OH will continue to operate and a spokesperson for the company told the AP some employees "could be relocated" from Albany.

German crime writer Jakob Arjouni, 48, died of cancer in Frankfurt Thursday morning, according to a statement issued by his publisher Diogenes Verlag. Arjouni was best known for his series of detective novels featuring Kemal Kayankaya published in the 1980s and 1990s (available more recently in the US via Melville House) with the final book in the series, BRUDER KEMAL, released last fall.