Macmillan Learning ceo Ken Michaels has announced plans to resign at the end of January, after running the company since April 2015. General manager Susan Winslow will lead the company after he departs along with the group’s senior leadership team, and all four will report to Macmillan CEO John Sargent. (Update: Following our query the company clarified that Sargent will lead Macmillan Learning going forward, with the four-person management team all reporting to him in that role.)
Sargent commented, “Ken has done a great job leading Macmillan Learning, especially in this quickly evolving market. He is a driven leader, a constant learner and an unrelenting supporter of education. He has modernized the company and put us on stable footing. He leaves with the company taking significant steps forward with a new courseware platform and a fantastic lineup for 2020. I am grateful for all he has done.”
Among the people who have left Barnes & Noble without fanfare is former evp, and president, digital Bill Wood, who departed by the end of October according to his LinkedIn. The company’s digital operations and website are now overseen by chief information officer Carlo Pochintesta, who joined the company in March when Wood was promoted.
Rotem Moscovich joins Knopf Children’s as editorial director, picture books. She was at Disney Hyperion. At Random House Children’s, Tricia Lin has joined as associate editor (she was at Simon & Schuster Children’s), and So Lin Wong has been promoted to art director, visual merchandising.
Mika Kasuga has been promoted to senior publishing manager at One World, reporting to publisher Christopher Jackson. Kasuga will continue her work with the Modern Library for Random House. Erica Min joins One World as an associate editor also reporting to Jackson. Min was most recently a fellow at the Los Angeles Review of Books/USC Publishing Workshop Incubator program.
Erica Gonzalez has been promoted to publishing manager at the Random House imprint, newly reporting to deputy publishers Tom Perry and Avideh Bashirrad.
At Sourcebooks, Cristina Arreola has joined as associate impact marketing manager, Landmark. She was previously senior books editor at Bustle. Sophia Ramos joins as subsidiary rights and international sales associate.
Michael Signorelli will leave his role as managing director of Gotham Ghostwriters’ Bookwriting Group on December 13 to become a literary agent. Jennifer Banash has also moved on from her role as director of the creative writing practice. Editorial director Nate Roberson will temporarily take over both departments until successors are hired starting in January.
De’Shawn Charles Winslow‘s In West Mills won the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.