After acquiring Constable & Robinson in February, Little Brown UK is in "consultation" (the required discussion process when a job is being eliminated) with approximately half the unit's staff of 41 people. The Bookseller says the positions are primarily in sales, marketing and production. A spokesperson for Hachette tells the magazine, "Where a job is made redundant, we will do our utmost to find an alternative, either in Little, Brown or Hachette." That person confirms that "just over 20" positions are in consultation.
Henry Sene Yee has been named creative director of Flatiron Books, in addition to his current role as creative director of Picador USA. In addition, Karen Horton has joined Flatiron Books as senior designer, reporting to Yee. She was most recently art director at Little, Brown and is the co-founder of design firm design:related.
Random House Publisher Services announced a number of recent promotions. Katie Ly has been promoted to manager, client development, while Christina Stanley moves up to manager, programming and education. Tessa Reck has been promoted to senior imprint sales manager, while Whitney Chenoweth moves up to associate manager, client support. Pete Desrochers has been promoted to associate sales manager and Jenn Lara moves up to sales coordinator. In addition, vp, finance and operations Rachel Goldstein will oversee the diverse online marketing services provided to customers.
English PEN has elected author, journalist, and translator Maureen Freely as their new president.
Simone Garzella Literary Scouting has been appointed US literary scout for the production company Mammoth Screen.
Correcting yesterday's post, John Jenkinson's new title at Workman is senior publicist.