San Francisco-based Curtis Brown agent Nathan Bransford announced via his popular writers blog on Friday that he is leaving agenting to work for CNet, where he will help coordinate social media strategy. He says the blog and its forums will continue.
At Oxford University Press, Pam Sutherland moves over to the newly-created role of group chief information officer (CIO), overseeing group-wide digital and IT infrastructure and reported to ceo Nigel Portwood. She was operations director for Oxford Journals.
Casper Grathwohl recently became online and reference publisher in Oxford’s Global Academic Business, and Ernst Kallus was appointed digital media director for English Language Teaching.
Penguin UK has hired Nathan Hull as digital publisher, with strategic responsibility for their “blossoming digital portfolio.” He was at Universal Music where he oversaw digital strategy.
Jonathan Stolper will join Nielsen BookScan US as vp and general manager, starting November 15, filling the position vacated in August by Jim King. Most recently Stolper oversaw the launch of the US division of Octopus, prior to which he was vp client services at Hachette Book Group and vp, sales and marketing at Abrams.
At Verso Books’ in New York, Audrea Lim has been promoted to associate editor, and Mark Martin has moved up to managing editor.
In awards news, Michel Houellebecq won France’s Prix Goncourt for his new novel, La Carte et Le Territoire (The Map and The Territory).