Wiley ceo Stephen Smith will retire on June 1 as a result of previously disclosed medical reasons (Smith was diagnosed with urological cancer.) Mark Allin, currently coo, will succeed Smith as ceo, earning a base annual salary of $750,000. Chairman Peter Wiley said in the announcement: “[Allin] has been instrumental in restructuring and reorganizing the business,” as well as “reallocating resources to high-growth areas.”
Elias Altman has joined Zachary Shuster Harmsworth as a literary agent, where he will focus on literary fiction, memoirs, and a broad range of narrative and expository nonfiction including works of history, science, travel, and cultural criticism. Altman was formerly a senior editor of Lapham’s Quarterly.
At Scribner, Kate Lloyd has been promoted to peputy director of publicity and Alexis Johnson moves up to associate publicist.
Elana Cohen has been promoted to assistant editor at Gallery and Pocket Books.
At Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s, Donna McCarthy has been promoted to executive director of production and Kim Kiefer has been promoted to senior production coordinator. Candace Finn has been promoted to senior manager, subsidiary rights with responsibility for the children’s and YA lists.
BookBrunch co-founder Liz Thomson is leaving, to focus on her musical interests.
Taunton’s interim president Dan McCarthy has been named the standing ceo.
The IMPAC Dublin Literary Award announced their 10-book shortlist with the winner to be named on June 17.