Rick Wolff will join Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on September 15 as senior executive editor, to launch a line of business books. The founder of Warner Business books and then the Business Plus imprint at Grand Central (until it was eliminated earlier this year) will edit and publish approximately 10-15 titles per year. HMH general interest publisher Bruce Nichols says in the announcement, ““I have long wanted to expand our business publishing here at HMH, and Rick is the perfect person to lead that effort. His experience is unparalleled, and his track record speaks for itself.”
Co-founder of start-up Ruckus Media and one-time president of Simon & Schuster Children’s Rick Richter is joining Zachary Schuster Harmsworth as an agent, working in their Boston office. Richter will represent children’s books as well as narrative nonfiction focused on history and military history.
Ron Perazza has joined Amazon Publishing as creative director. Previously he was director of digital publishing at Marvel.
In the UK, Claire Conrad is rejoining Janklow & Nesbit as an agent on September 15, focusing on developing new avenues of business for the agency. She left the company in 2013 to spend more time with her family.
Sherri Aldis has joined Abrams in the newly-created position of vp, international and subsidiary rights, relocating to New York. Previously she handled international rights and distribution of books in English for Editions du Chêne at Hachette Livre.
David Bird has been named vp, finance of Bookmasters. Previously he was vp, finance for Cenveo at their Toledo, Ohio commercial printing and packaging location.
Thomas LeBien will join Harvard University Press on September 29 as executive editor-at-large. He was most recently senior editor at Simon & Schuster, and has experience in such subject areas as law, science, political science, and history.
Scholastic svp, chief accounting officer Robert Gibney resigned on September 2, according to a filing with the SEC. He joined the company in 2012.