President of Baker & Taylor’s Library & Education division since 2000 George Coe has been promoted to ceo of the wholesaler. He takes over from Arnie Wright, who retired after 34 years with B&T. Wright will work as a consultant for the company, and will take the role of non-executive chairman of the board.
Nicole Melander has joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as svp, digital strategy, reporting to ceo Linda Zecher. Melander was previously chief technology officer at Achieving the Dream, a national reform network dedicated to community college student success and completion. At HMH she will work closely with the company’s content, marketing, alliances, and technology teams to align digital initiatives across the Company — from the expansion of HMH’s digital partner network to the growth of its social business and collaboration strategy.
Namrata Tripathi will join Dial as editorial director, reporting to Lauri Hornik, helping to oversee the acquisition and development of Dial’s list in addition to editing her own projects. She was previously executive editor at Atheneum.
Alexis Gargagliano has joined Atavist Books as executive editor, working on literary fiction and nonfiction as well as innovative digital projects. She was most recently editor at Scribner.
At Henry Holt, Kelsey Albertson has been promoted to sales coordinator; Leslie Brandon moves up to publicity manager; and Hannah Braaten has been promoted to assistant editor.
At Plume, Matthew Daddona has been promoted to assistant editor.
Justin Hargett has joined the Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current imprints as senior publicist. Previously he was a publicist at Basic Books.
Esther Bochner has been promoted to publicity manager at Macmillan Audio, while Kristen Golden moves up to marketing and design coordinator.
Greystone Books, once owned by the now-bankrupt D&M and purchased last year by Heritage House Publishing, announced recent changes to its ownership structure. The company is now co-owned by Greystone publisher Rob Sanders and Heritage House publisher Rodger Touchie, with an unnamed third party holding a minority stake. Sanders told Quill & Quire that Greystone will maintain “strategic beneficial relationships” with Heritage accounting, regional sales, and production, but Greystone remains in charge of editing, design, and acquisitions, and continues its distribution relationships with HarperCollins Canada and PGW.
Chip Kidd has donated his literary archives to Penn State University, his alma mater.