Kathy Trager has decided to retire from her position of evp general counsel, Penguin Random House as June 30. CEO Markus Dohle writes to staff, “As one of the most accomplished general counsels in publishing ever, Kathy has left an indelible mark on our company and our industry.” Associate general counsel Anke Steinecke will be promoted to fill Trager’s position on July 1, reported to Dohle, and also succeeding Trager as secretary of the Penguin Random House US board of directors.
Ben Tomek will join Flatiron Books as marketing director on May 23, moving over from Ecco. Keith Hayes joins the division as executive art director on May 30, coming over from Little, Brown.
Emily Giglierano joined Mulholland Books as editor on April 19. She had been an associate editor at Vintage.
Random House Children’s announced a number of recent promotions. Casey Ward has been promoted to the newly created position of director, publicity events; Jillian Vandal moves up to publicity manager. Cassie McGinty has been promoted to publicist, while Sam Terris moves up to associate publicist.
The Children’s Choice Book Awards were presented to:
All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven (Teen Book)
Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth, by Judd Winick (Fifth to Sixth Grade Book)
I’m Trying to Love Spiders, by Bethany Barton (Third to Fourth Grade Book)
The Little Shop of Monsters, by R.L. Stine, illustrated by Marc Brown (Kindergarten to Second Grade Book)
Arcadia Publishing will distribute Quarto’s Voyageur Press and Cool Springs Press titles into specialty garden, home improvement and hardware accounts in the US.