Former Touchstone publisher Stacy Creamer will join the new Hachette Books imprint as executive editor, starting June 16 and reporting to newly-named publisher Mauro DiPreta. Creamer left Touchstone last November after more than four years with the imprint. She says in the announcement, "I look forward to acquiring and editing exciting new narrative nonfiction, memoirs, and novels, especially with the extraordinary sales and marketing support that HBG has demonstrated time and time again."
Phaidon Press has announced more new hires: Emily Takoudes has joined the company as executive commissioning editor for food in New York (she was most recently senior editor at Clarkson Potter), reporting to publisher Emilia Terragni, and Elinor Smith has joined the London office as commissioning editor for food (she was senior editor and art director at Pan Macmillan's lifestyle imprint Plum).
At Harper, Rachel Elinsky and Kate D'Esmond have both been promoted to director of publicity.
At Gallery Books, Stephanie Deluca has been promoted to senior publicist, and Juliana Horbachevsky moves up to associate publicist.
Cassandra Galante has joined Simon & Schuster as a digital sales manager.
London-based literary scouts Koukla Maclehose Associates have formally changed their name to MacLehose, Servadio & Pupo-Thompson.
Director of national accounts at Abrams Erica Kochman Warshal passed away suddenly on March 31. She was 31 years old. Warshal originally joined Abrams in 2007 as trade sales manager and before then, worked at Bloomberg Press and Workman. Abrams ceo and president Michael Jacobs said: "Erica's passing is a tragic loss for all of us. We, at Abrams, and her friends and colleagues everywhere, will miss her spark and her spirit, and her deep passion for books and publishing and people. She was incomparable." The company added she was "beloved and respected by her colleagues, sales representatives, booksellers, and friends in the industry for her incredible spirit, professionalism, and superb managerial skills."