In the UK, Jonathan Cape publishing director Dan Franklin will step down at the end of year, with current Harvill Secker deputy publishing director Michal Shavit taking over from Franklin. Current editorial director Alex Bowler will move up to deputy publishing director, and Robin Robertson will be associate publisher.
Franklin will take the title of associate publisher in January 2016 and “will continue to look after all his current authors,” working three days a week. Shavit will report to Vintage managing director Richard Cable in her new position, and a new editorial director for Harvill Secker “will be appointed in due course.” Cable says in the announcement: “Dan has been an extraordinary presence at Jonathan Cape as publishing director – and indeed as publisher for the division – for over 20 years. I am delighted that we shall continue to benefit from his publishing wisdom and experience.” He adds, “I am thrilled that in Michal we have the publisher to lead the way for the next 20 years. She and Alex, in his new role – alongsideRobin and Dan –will make a formidable team.”