Pearson chief financial officer for the past eight years Robin Freestone has told the board “he would like to step down…before the end of 2015 to explore a range of other interests.” A search is underway for a replacement and Freestone will remain in the job until a successor is named.
At Penguin Random House, Christopher Dufault has been promoted to the newly created position of vp, director, Penguin hardcover sales development.
At Macmillan Children’s, Molly Brouillette has been promoted to associate director, publicity while Mary Van Akin moves up to senior publicist.
At HarperCollins Children’s, Christopher Hernandez and Stephanie Stein have been promoted to associate editor, while Alice Jerman moves up to assistant editor.
Book Expo America (BEA) is looking for submissions for the 3 Editors’ Buzz panels at next year’s show (covering adult, young adult and middle grade titles). The deadline is December 5. The submission form is here. (Meanwhile, we are just finalizing the selections for the 2015 spring/summer editions of our adult and young adult/middle grade Buzz Books samplers, and we have some great titles to preview.)
The Bronx will hold on to a bookstore after all. Following publicity earlier this week and with some help from Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Barnes & Noble and their landlord at Bay Plaza have agreed to a two-year lease extenstion.