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Random House's ambassador to independent booksellers Ruth Liebmann "will expand her role to provide the same critical support to the Penguin Publishing Group with our independent booksellers as she does currently for the Random House divisions." She takes on the broader title of vp, account marketing, Penguin Random House (and she…

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Derek Stordahl is promoted to evp, Bloomsbury USA with responsibility for Bloomsbury's performance across their academic and trade businesses; he was previously head of sales. Cristina Gilbert is promoted to vp, sales and marketing for Bloomsbury's US adult and children's divisions. Alex Glass has formally announced his new literary agency,…

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On Tuesday, the UK's Sky News reported that Pearson chairman Glen Moreno is "preparing to leave the company later this year" after 10 years there. Their sources say that Pearson has retained a headhunter to oversee the recruitment of a new chair. (It had been announced previously that Moreno will…

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In the UK, Foyle's ceo Sam Husain, 67, will retire in April, the Bookseller reports. Former toy retailer Hamley's coo Paul Currie will take over the leadership for the bookseller, and Husain will stay on as a non-executive director. Also in the UK, Kieron Smith, who had been managing director of…

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In Italy, general manager of Mondadori's trade book division (as well as ceo of Einaudi, interim head of Mondadori publishing and chairman of Harlequin Mondadori) Riccardo Cavallero is leaving the company by the end of January. Last week, Mondadori Libri announced a number of new management appointments: CEO Ernesto Mauri is also…

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At Paper Lantern Lit, Tara Sonin has been promoted to marketing associate. Liz Button has joined the ABA's content team as a writer/researcher for Bookselling This Week, and Naya Moss is a new hire on the booksellers' association's technology team, providing general technological assistance to ABA staff. Author or co-author of 21…

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Agent Sara Megibow, who recently left the Nelson Literary Agency, is joining KT Literary. At Farrar, Straus, Brian Gittis and Steve Weil have both been promoted to assistant director of publicity. In addition, Sarah Scire has been promoted to publicist, and Lis McAvoy moves up to assistant publicist. At Houghton Mifflin…

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Vook co-founder Matt Cavnar has joined Broadway Video Ventures as general manager. Steve Quinn joins the Perseus Books Group in the newly formed position of assistant director, specialty retail sales on January 26. Previously he was specialty sales manager at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Quinn will report to senior director, gift…

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Barnes & Noble Retail CEO Mitch Klipper To Retire (But Stay On As Real Estate Advisor)

Barnes & Noble's chief executive for the retail group, Mitchell Klipper, will retire from his role on May 2 (the end of BN's 2015 fiscal year) after more than 28 years with the company, though he will stay on with the company as special advisor on real estate and other…

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The second book on Mark Zuckerberg's 2015 reading list is Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature (Viking/Penguin). "It's a timely book about how and why violence has steadily decreased throughout our history, and how we can continue this trend," Zuckerberg writes. At 832 pages, Zuckerberg and Facebook friends will take…

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