The Walker Books Group has hired Lucy Pleydell-Pearce for the new global role of senior group and intercompany sales manager, starting July 6. She will “manage the intercompany sales flow for books originating in each territory that publish within the group, including monitoring release timings and enhancing group communication across all publishing lists,” as well as heading “sales outside the group, chiefly selling titles to third-party customers in the UK and US where rights are available.” Pleydell-Pearce was formerly foreign rights manager at Templar Books.
Diane Aronson has joined Bloomsbury Children’s as senior production editor. She was previously a production editor at Cambridge University Press. Colleen Andrews has also joined Bloomsbury Children’s as a designer. Previously she was a designer at Oxford University Press. Finally, Ashley Poston has been appointed marketing designer, Bloomsbury adult & children’s.
HarperCollins associate editor Hannah Wood is the recipient of The Ashmead Award, funding her attendance for the Yale Publishing Course next month.
Former president and publisher of BBC Audiobooks America (who began his career managing audiobooks at Waldenbooks) James (Jim) Brannigan, 54, died on Monday after a brief illness. A mass is scheduled for the morning of July 6 in Meriden, CT: full details are here.