Putnam executive vice president, associate publisher and editor-in-chief Neil Nyren will retire at the end of the year after more than 33 years with the imprint. Putnam, Dutton, and Berkley President Ivan Held noted Nyren has been “a beloved presence in the mystery and thriller communities” and the most recent winner of theMystery Writers of America’s Ellery Queen Award. (Nyren’s plans include projects with MWA as well as “other initiatives within the crime fiction community.”) Held continued: “In addition to losing his presence as a lifelong representative of Red Sox Nation, we will miss his encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture, art, and film. And of course his amazing ability to read (and fix) a 600-page manuscript overnight. Neil’s publishing adventures are enough to fill—yes—a book, though he has not threatened that yet. Please join us in wishing him a great retirement.”
Jen Ung has been promoted to editor for Simon Pulse.
At Amazon Publishing, Kristin King and Sarah Shaw have both been promoted to author relations manager.
At P.S. Literary Agency, vp, senior agent Carly Watters will take on the position of director, literary branding, while Amanda Schiffmann will add responsibilities as brand development coordinator in addition to her current role as digital and social media coordinator. In addition, Maria Vicente and Eric Smith have both been promoted to agent.
In promotions at Penguin Random House Audio: Jennifer Rubins is now associate director, creative marketing; Taraneh Djangi moves up to senior manager, creative marketing; Victoria Tomao has been promoted to associate director, marketing strategy; Robert Guzman is senior manager, marketing strategy; Dennis Tyrrell advances to associate director, digital products; and Nicole Morano is now publicity manager.
At Scholastic Education, Victoria Burwell has joined as senior vice president, strategic marketing; previously she was senior vice president, chief marketing officer at McGraw-Hill Education. Carol Chanter, has joined as senior vice president, professional learning services; she was most recently with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Achieve3000. Finally, Janelle Cherrington has been promoted to senior vice president, publisher.
In the UK, Amanda Ridout has resigned as ceo of Head of Zeus and will leave the company at the end of November. Chairman Anthony Cheetham will serve as ceo as well.
Author Anne Tyler has signed with Gersh for film and television representation Her next novel, Clock Dance, will be published by Knopf in Fall 2018. Jesseca Salky at Hannigan Salky Getzler remains Tyler’s literary agent.