Quarto appointed Walter Nolan as its chief financial officer. Formerly the director of finance at global accounting and advisory network Moore Stephens, he replaces interim cfo Michael Mousley, who had held the role since June 2018, when Carolyn Bresh resigned shortly after the management shakeup that restored Laurence Orbach as chairman.
Chloe Aryeh is promoted to marketing manager for the Clarkson Potter, Ten Speed, and Waterbrook gift programs.
At Chronicle Books, Victoria Chao has been promoted to project manager. Previously she was studio manager.
In the UK, Amanda Harris, publisher of Orion Spring and Seven Dials, is leaving after 14 years with the company to join talent management group YMU, in a newly created role as director publishing.
Literary agent Irene Skolnick, 80, passed away on June 27, after a long illness. Massie & McQuilkin has sold and managed the agency’s foreign rights and managed their back-office operations. Skolnick opened her eponymous agency in 1994 and represented authors including Peter Cameron, Allegra Goodman, Dan Hofstadter, Joyce Johnson, James Lasdun, the late David Rakoff, Vikram Seth and Edward Sorel. Memorial plans will be announced in the near future.
The NYT pays homage now that Macmillan has vacated the Flatiron Building, which the company first occupied in 1959 when St. Martin’s first moved in. The best thing that never happened there was John Sargent’s never executed plan in the 90s to call attention to the building’s slow, death-trap elevators: “He came up with a publicity stunt: He would rappel down the side of the building in the presence of a newspaper reporter and photographer. ‘Editor desperate to reach the ground floor,’ he intoned in a recent interview, envisioning the newspaper headline. He never pursued the plan, instead appealing to the owners, who installed modern elevators in 1999.”
Simon & Schuster started distributing Timbuktu Labs in the US and Canada, starting July 1.