Little, Brown Children's publisher Megan Tingley has been made executive vice president. At Grand Central, associate publisher Emi Battaglia has been named vp, marketing director in tandem with her current position, which she has held for the past eight years. President and publisher Jamie Raab writes, "it reflects Emi's expanding role as chief strategist of our marketing efforts." In addition, associate publisher at Twelve Brian McLendon will take on duties as associate publisher for Grand Central, "working hand in glove with Emi to orchestrate our marketing efforts and implement marketing plans perfectly tailored to the needs of our books, authors and the marketplace."
At Thames & Hudson, Christopher Sweet starts this week as editorial director. He was at Artnet.com most recently, and previously served as editor-in-chief of Viking Studio. Lauren Miller joined the company in February as associate marketing director. She was digital marketer at F+W Media.
Karen Patterson has joined F+W Media as national sales director handling the Adams Media product line. She was most recently a marketing consultant at Macmillan and earlier held executive positions at Sterling, Barnes & Noble, and Random House.
At Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Colleen Murphy has been promoted to executive director, mass market and specialty retail channels. She has been at HMH since 2002. Peter Cohen has been promoted to senior national accounts manager working with Barnes & Noble.
In HMH company news, a new international distribution partnership will have Hachette Book Group distribute the trade division's books in certain international markets, including Latin America, South America, Asia and Europe. (The agreement does not cover other key English-language markets, though: It excludes Canada, the UK and Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and India.) HBG will be responsible for sales, billing, returns, credit processing and collections services, while Houghton will handle order fulfillment.
The Chester County Book and Music Co., which closed in early February, will officially reopen in smaller space two doors down from their previous location. The landlord had let owner Kathy Simoneaux move the store's fixtures into the new 6,000-square-foot space when she closed the larger 37,000-square-foot store.
Thursday's report on the gift to the University of Michigan from Helen Zell accidentally described her as Sam Zell's widow, though he is alive and well.
In the UK, the IPG gave out their annual Independent Publishing Awards. Winners included Bloomsbury's academic and professional division as independent publisher of the year; Constable & Robinson as trade publisher of the year; and Nosy Crow as children's publisher of the year.