Peter Garabedian will retire from Macmillan at the end of the year, after joining the company in 2000 as COO. Dan Schwartz has been promoted to the new position of svp, finance and strategy, and “will drive the divisional strategy process, oversee the data science team, and have responsibility for the US finance organization.” Esther Kim is being promoted to the new position of director of business planning, and will work with Schwartz on topics related to analytics, business development and strategy.
At HarperCollins, Shawn Nicholls has been promoted to associate publisher for Avon, Impulse, and Witness, as well as for mass market paperbacks, reporting to Lynn Grady. Nicholls will also continue to oversee marketing plans for all Voyager titles.
At DK Publishing, Jay Franco has been promoted to associate sales director, Bookclubs, Premium and custom; Ana Giovinazzo moves up to associate sales manager, digital, premium and custom; and Kathi Gadow has been promoted to sales coordinator, online and digital sales.
Carl Llewellyn Weschcke, 85, died on November 7. He purchased the Llewellyn Publishing Company in 1961 and oversaw its expansion into Llewellyn Worldwide, for which he served as chairman. He is survived by his wife Sandra, president and treasurer of Llewellyn, and son Gabe, who is vice president of the company.
Random House announced an expanded Danielle Steel publishing program for 2016, with six new original novels and six mass-market paperback reprints scheduled for publication. The company says the expanded output “is in direct response to Steel’s fans asking for more frequent publications from the bestselling writer.”