Taneli Ruda has joined Wiley as evp, chief strategy officer, where he will help to define and accelerate the next phase of the company’s growth. Ruda most recently served as head of corporate strategy at Thomson Reuters, with responsibility for defining the company’s portfolio and growth strategies, and driving company-wide M&A. “Taneli is an exceptional talent, and I am excited to welcome him to Wiley,” Wiley president & ceo Brian Napack said in the announcement. “He has extensive experience identifying robust and sustainable growth strategies for global organizations. Taneli’s innovative thinking and ability to translate complex strategies into action will help us to shape the future of global research and education, and to ensure the success of Wiley’s customers and partners.”
At Harper, Sarah Haugen moves up to associate editor.
At WordServe Literary, Keely Boeving has been promoted to agent.
At Random House Children’s Books, Aisha Cloud has been promoted to senior publicity manager, while Allison Judd moves up to associate publicity manager.
Jessica Westra will join the Zonderkidz as publicity director. Previously she worked in event management for Tulip Time Festival, Inc. in Holland, MI, in addition to running her own events and media consulting business.
Mary Anne Thompson Associates has been appointed US book scout for Albatros Media in the Czech Republic.
Alanna Feldman Scouting has been appointed US scout for Hoffmann Und Campe in Germany.
J.K. Rowling’s next novel as Robert Galbraith, LETHAL WHITE, will be published by Little, Brown, UK and Mulholland Books on September 18.
Princeton University Press has launched a new audiobook division, PUP Audio, overseen by digital and audio publisher Kim Williams. PUP Audio will work closely with the UK-based production company Sound Understanding, which specializes in nonfiction, and its launch list will include In the Future: Prospects for Humanity by Martin Rees and Gods and Robots: The Ancient Quest for Artificial Life by Adrienne Mayor.