Michael Barber has joined Pearson in the newly created position of chief executive adviser, reporting to Marjorie Scardino. Barber is currently a partner at McKinsey & Company and head of its global education practice.
John Bond is leaving HarperCollins UK at the end of June by “mutual agreement.” Bond was managing director of Press Books, which will now be run by ceo Victoria Barnsley, assisted by special projects director Katie Fulford, until a replacement is found.
Thomas Nelson Gift & Children’s division has announced a number of new hires. Jennifer Barrow joins as editor, Micah Walker moves up to assistant editor, Jessica Ward joins as administrative assistant and Kristin Baird will take on the role of marketing coordinator for the specialty division.
Random House UK digital director Fionnuala Duggan is leaving the company to join CourseSmart as managing director, international, the Bookseller reports. Duggan’s hiring is part of CourseSmart’s global expansion, and they will open offices in London.
Antoinette de Alteriis has joined Pelican Publishing Company as promotion director. She was formerly general manager of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum in New Orleans.
Publishing Communication Group has opened a new office in New Delhi, with Dilip Jha Kumar joining as country manager and Sunita Lal as country liaison officer for India.
Kobo announced a new $10 million fund that aims to “inspire readers of all ages to read more and make a difference in their community.” For every million minutes read, Kobo will make a contribution of eReading valued between $1,000 and $20,000 to a recipient chosen through the ReadOn program.
This week USA Today launched a new look for its books pages and bestseller charts.