Laney Katz Becker has joined Lippincott Massie McQuilkin as an agent. Previously she was at Markson Thoma.
At Ten Speed Press, Kelly Snowden has been promoted to marketing and publicity manager.
UK-based And Other Stories is established a New York presence, run by Sarah Russo of Sara Russo Public Relations as North American director of publicity. Beginning with the fall/winter 2013 list, their titles will be distributed here by Consortium.
In the UK, Samantha Smith will join Scholastic on May 20 as publisher, fiction. She is currently editorial director at Little, Brown UK. In addition, Rachel Partridge will join the company on June 3 in the newly created role of group marketing and publicity director. Previously she was marketing director at Universal Pictures.
Holger Kuntze has been named editor-in-chief of Blessing Verlag, the Munich-based imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, as of July 1st. He will report to Ulrich Genzler, publisher of Blessing and Heyne. Kuntze was editor-in-chief of Ullstein in 1996, started the Argon imprint at S. Fischer, and most recently was a German co-agent with Petra Eggers.
Finally, correcting our item yesterday, Pushkin Press’s new imprint ONE will publish a single book of fiction or nonfiction each season from any territory, including the UK.