Emi Ikkanda is working as an independent editor at Emi Ikkanda Editorial. She was previously senior editor at Spiegel & Grau.
At IPG, Cynthia Sherry has been promoted to group publisher of Chicago Review Press and Triumph Books. Noah Amstadter has been promoted to publisher, Triumph Books. Jeff Palicki has been named vp, director of national accounts, including Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and Amazon. Annette Hobbs Magier joins as vp, marketing & publicity. She was formerly director of sales & marketing at Albert Whitman & Company. Kelly Peterson moves over from IPG’s INscribe Digital division to the marketing and publicity team and will report to Hobbs.
The publisher development team, headed by vice president Richard T. Williams, will expand to include INscribe Digital team members Ana Szaky and David Madruga. Alli Davis, also of INscribe Digital, will now report to Mallori Bontrager, digital services manager. Salma Yaqubi has been promoted to director, data management. Julie Hardison and Dawn Brindle will join IPG’s supply chain department; James Fischer and Kirsten Coale will join the finance department; and Matt Mich and Tyler Starks will join the sales department. All worked at Midpoint Trade Books.
Kristin Lunghamer has been promoted to PR specialist at Amazon Publishing.
After a short tenure of less than a year, ceo of Bertelsmann’s leading division, German television giant RTL, Bert Habets is leaving for family reasons. Bertelsmann ceo Thomas Rabe will now run RTL as well as the parent company.
Scholastic will release The Dinky Donkey, the sequel to Craig Smith and Katz Cowley’s bestselling picture book The Wonky Donkey, simultaneously in New Zealand, Australia, the US, Canada, and the UK on November 1.