Kobo chief content officer and member of the founding executive team Michael Tamblyn has been promoted to the additional title of president. In the expanded role, Tamblyn will have “responsibilities for sales, publisher and industry relations, content acquisition, and the merchandising experience across Kobo’s E Ink eReaders, Android tablets, and reading apps,” working with recently-appointed CEO Taka Aiki to “continue expanding on the company’s eReading service around the world, while driving the company’s success through sustainable and long-term profitable growth.”
Penguin Random House announced a number of promotions in its newly unified Human Resources department, overseen by evp, chief human resources officer Frank Steinert. Paige McInerney and Robin Sutton have been appointed vp, human resources; Ann Fedeli moves up to senior director, learning and development. Lauren Rosenberg has been named senior director, compensation, while Erika Kirchner is appointed vp, employee benefits. Finally Vicki Fishman has been promoted to senior director, people programs.
Hachette India has promoted Poulomi Chatterjee as publisher and editorial director, replacing Nandita Aggarwal, who is leaving to pursue personal projects.
At Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Kristin Dulaney has been promoted to subsidiary rights director.
Baker Literary Scouting has been appointed scout for Dutch publisher A.W. Bruna for the adult fiction and non-fiction markets in the US and Canada.
Divine Arts, a publisher devoted to body/mind/spirit titles, will be distributed to the trade by PGW.
Author of A Reader’s Book of Days and former Amazon book editor Tom Nissley and his wife Laura Silverstein are buying Seattle-area store Santoro’s Books. They will take over in May and change the name to Phinney Books. (Carol Santoro will continue to operate under her name a wholesale business that sells books to schools and libraries.)
Nissley says in the press release. “After recommending books online for 10 years, and then in the pages of my own book, I’m looking forward to putting good books directly in readers’ hands for a change. And I’m excited to be doing so just eight blocks from my house, at a store that Carol has built into a neighborhood institution.”