Mitzi Angel will leave Farrar, Straus and return to the UK to become publisher for adult publishing at Faber and Faber, reporting to Stephen Page. She will join the Faber board as well, starting her job in the fall.
Angel came to FSG seven years ago, initially to run what was the Faber imprint at FSG. That partnership was ended earlier this year, and Faber is launching an independent US line in 2016, distributed by PGW.
Page says in the announcement: “Her editorial and publishing flair and literary intelligence across fiction, non-fiction and poetry have made her a star of her generation and a perfect fit for this new role. Her publishing successes bear witness to her fine taste and commercial range. She joins us at a time of great publishing success for Faber and will ensure that we continue to succeed as a literary publisher in a changing world for readers and writers, where the core editorial values of the company remain essential to our identity and reputation.”
Earlier this month, it was announced that Faber editorial director Sarah Savitt is moving to Headline.
Elsewhere, Barnes & Noble has appointed Fred Argir as vp, chief digital officer, overseeing the e-commerce and Nook businesses. Previously chief digital officer at Toys ‘R Us, Argir will report to coo Jaime Carey when he starts at BN on July 30. Current president of Nook consumer business Mahesh Veerina will leave on February 1, 2016. Herbert Mines Associates New York conducted the executive search for the chief digital officer position.
Carey said in the announcement: “Fred’s proven track record for driving organizations to high levels of performance and profitability make him an ideal choice to run our e-Commerce and Nook businesses.” He added: “We want to thank Mahesh Veerina for his outstanding leadership over the past two years as we’ve worked to streamline and rationalize the Nook business. Because of Mahesh’s efforts, we’ve been able to re-focus the Nook business and make tremendous progress so that Nook can be integrated with the Retail business. We could not be more pleased that Mahesh has agreed to stay on until February of next year in order to ensure a smooth transition of the Nook business.”
Lauren Wein has been promoted to executive editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Christina Prestia has been promoted to executive director of business affairs at the Jane Rotrosen Agency.