Hachette Book Group to Offer Full Ebook Catalog to Libraries: More Than 5,000 Titles, Including New Releases
Hachette Book Group announced today that, beginning May 8, it will make its full ebook catalog, including new releases, available to nonprofit public and school libraries across the nation.
Little, Brown to publish e-book THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF CHRIS KYLE by Michael J. Mooney
Reagan Arthur, publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that Little, Brown has acquired The Life and Legend of Chris Kyle: American Sniper, Navy SEAL, an original e-book by journalist Michael J. Mooney to be published on April 23.
America has been fascinated with and has celebrated Chris Kyle—a U.S. Navy SEAL who is known as the most lethal sniper in the history of the American military—since well before Kyle was tragically shot and killed by another veteran on February 2 of this year. This desire to know much more about Kyle, and to pay proper tribute to his life, continues. On March 21, Dallas’s D Magazine published a major story about Chris Kyle by staff writer and contributor to GQ, Outside, and Grantland Michael J. Mooney, who had been spending time with Kyle and reporting intimately on him for over nine months before Kyle was killed. The Life and Legend of Chris Kyle goes beyond that magazine piece to give a fuller sense of Kyle, his life, and his death with more great and revealing stories. Mooney sheds light on Kyle working with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, showing them going to gun ranges and ranches, bonding over guns and whiskey and the camaraderie of fellow servicemen—a rough but often effective kind of group therapy.
Mooney also shares deeply personal and previously untold stories from Kyle’s childhood, anecdotes told exclusively to Mooney by Kyle’s wife and his closest friends about him in high school, in the rodeo, and growing up with two dreams: to be a cowboy and to be in the Marines. (Kyle ended up in the SEALs simply because the Marine recruiter was out to lunch when he first came into the recruitment building.)
Little, Brown and Company to publish Paul McCartney biography by bestselling biographer Philip Norman
Reagan Arthur, publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that Little, Brown will publish in 2015 the definitive Paul McCartney biography, written with his approval by acclaimed and bestselling biographer Philip Norman. World English-language rights are shared by John Parsley in the United States and Alan Samson, publisher of nonfiction for Weidenfeld & Nicolson, in the United Kingdom, in a deal by Michael Sissons at PFD.
John Parsley said, “We are thrilled to publish Philip Norman’s biography of Paul McCartney. Paul has become an institution, immensely popular with and beloved by millions of fans, and the story of his getting and staying there deserves a deep, frank, fair book. I’d love to read this life in Norman’s hands.”
Alan Samson said, “This is one of the most exciting biographies we have ever commissioned, because Philip Norman is destined to be the ideal chronicler of Sir Paul’s extraordinary life.”
Deb Futter Named Publisher of Twelve
Jamie Raab, President and Publisher of Grand Central Publishing announced today that Deb Futter has been named Publisher of Twelve. In addition to her new role, Futter remains Vice President, Editor-in-Chief of Grand Central Publishing.
Since coming to GCP in 2007, Futter has acquired numerous bestselling and acclaimed books including Scott Turow’s Innocent, Carole King’s memoir A Natural Woman, and Steve Martin’s An Object of Beauty. Among the books she has already acquired and will be editing for the Twelve list include an untitled memoir by Barbara Ehrenreich, The History of Drinking by Susan Cheever, First Girl by New Yorker writer Patricia Marx, and a memoir by Alexandra Zapruder. Futter joined GCP six years ago after spending 25 years at various imprints at Random House. Some of the authors she edited there include Deborah Tannen, Peggy Orenstein, Pete Dexter and Jane Hamilton.
“The Twelve list is a jewel in the publishing landscape,” said Futter. “Since its inception, Twelve has been a singular publisher and I am excited to shepherd a new era for this illustrious imprint.”
Malala Yousafzai, International Advocate for Education, to Publisher Her Remarkable Story
Michael Pietsch, executive vice president and publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that Malala Yousafzai will tell her remarkable story in a book titled, I AM MALALA. Little, Brown acquired world rights and book is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2013.
On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, a fifteen-year-old Pakistani girl was shot in the face at point-blank range because she had the temerity to stand up to the Taliban. That girl, Malala Yousafzai, survived the brutal attack, and the shocking story made headlines around the world. Overnight, Malala became a global symbol of peaceful protest and education for all. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, the youngest person ever to be singled out in that way.
Hachette Audio and Jeff Haynes introduce Pete Seeger: The Storm King -- Stories, Narratives, Poems
Hachette Audio, a division of Hachette Book Group, announced today that it will publish a truly unique audiobook—PETE SEEGER: THE STORM KING—on April 9, 2013. THE STORM KING audio collection presents Pete Seeger’s captivating spoken words in new recordings as he tells his most engaging stories, narratives, and poems—all set to new music produced by world renowned percussionist/producer Jeff Haynes—created by nearly 50 musicians from traditions as diverse as African Music, Blues, Bluegrass, Classical Guitar, Folk, Jazz, Native American Music, and World Beat. “This music brings out things in my words that I never knew before,” says Seeger, who will celebrate his ninety-fourth birthday May 3, 2013.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade Publishing Signs International Sales Agreement with Hachette Book Group
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) Trade Publishing today announced a new partnership with Hachette Book Group in key international markets including Latin America, South America, Asia and Europe. HBG will be responsible for sales, billing, returns, credit processing and collections services for HMH general interest titles and books for young readers. HMH will handle order fulfillment.
Click here to read the full press release from HMH.
Miami Heat Champion Dwyane Wade and #1 Bestselling Author James Patterson Join Forces to Encourage Children to Read
It was announced today that #1 bestselling author and two-time Children’s Choice Book Award “Author of the Year” nominee James Patterson will team up with two-time Miami Heat champion and New York Times bestselling author Dwyane Wade for a national online webcast for kids across the country called ONE ON ONE: Fundamentals with Dwyane Wade and James Patterson. In collaboration with NBA Cares, the Wade’s World Foundation, ReadKiddoRead and Hachette Book Group, ONE ON ONE will highlight the importance of reading for success in life and will air on April 25, 2013 at 1pm ET. The webcast will be available free of charge to schools, libraries, and for home viewing via www.JamesPattersonEvents.com, where viewers can sign up in advance to watch.
“As a new author, I am very excited to join forces with acclaimed author James Patterson to advocate the importance of literacy throughout the country,” said Wade, author of the New York Times bestseller A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball. “My foundation and I strive to educate children on the benefits of reading and the important role it plays in their lives by preparing them for success in school and in life.”
Grand Central Publishing Announces Major Expansion of Forever Imprint
Grand Central Publishing (GCP) announced today a major initiative to expand its romance publishing program over the next two years. Celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year, GCP’s romance imprint Forever and its year-old e-book only imprint Forever Yours will expand from a 2012 list of 64 titles to approximately 120 titles in 2013 and over 190 titles in 2014. As part of this growth initiative, Forever will be adding to its editorial and marketing staff.
Forever is the home of bestselling writers Elizabeth Hoyt, Jill Shalvis, and Larissa Ione and in recent months has acquired rising stars Jessica Sorensen, Kelli Maine, and J.A. Redmerski. It publishes its titles in a mix of trade paperback, mass market, e-book and audio formats.
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Launches New Initiatives for Reaching Teens
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers announces two exciting new initiatives for reaching the enthusiastic and growing young adult reading audience: the launch of NOVL, a new online hub for young adult book fans. Hosted on popular micro-blogging site Tumblr (at thenovl.com), this online initiative is intended to take readers beyond and behind the page of favorite titles new and old, and will feature original content based on Little, Brown’s bestselling and beloved young adult books and authors.
The mission of NOVL states: “We believe:
- All readers are welcome.
- All books are created equal.
- In the healing power of a library card.
- Books can be life-changing.
- Readers are the most valued critic.
- Crushes on fictional characters are completely legitimate.
- A book is an e-Book is an AudioBook.
- That authors are geniuses and rockstars rolled into one.
- We believe that books are the best. End of story.”
Reagan Arthur Named Publisher of Little, Brown and Company
Michael Pietsch, Publisher of Little, Brown and Company and incoming CEO of Hachette Book Group, announced today that Reagan Arthur will become Little, Brown's Senior Vice President and Publisher. Arthur, currently Editorial Director of Reagan Arthur Books, a Little, Brown imprint, assumes her new role on April 1, when Pietsch takes over as CEO. She will also join Hachette's Executive Management Board at that time.
Arthur arrived at Little, Brown in 2001 and in 2008 was named VP, Editorial Director of Reagan Arthur Books. Among the many bestselling and prizewinning writers she has acquired and edited are Tina Fey, author of the million-copy-selling #1 bestsellerBossypants, National Book Award finalist Joshua Ferris, Whitbread Award winner Kate Atkinson, and numerous New York Times bestselling writers including Elin Hilderbrand, George Pelecanos, and Ian Rankin. Elizabeth Kostova's novel The Historian, which Arthur acquired, was the first debut novel ever to go to #1 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list its first week on sale. In 2012 alone two Reagan Arthur Books first novels, The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey and The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan, were New York Times bestsellers.
Grand Central Publishing Acquires Bestselling Biographer Kitty Kelley's New Book on the Women of the U.S. Senate
Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, is pleased to announce the acquisition today of the next major book by Kitty Kelley, the award-winning author of # 1 New York Times bestselling biographies of Oprah Winfrey, Nancy Reagan, the British Royal Family, the Bush family and Frank Sinatra. Jamie Raab, President and Publisher of Grand Central Publishing acquired the North American rights from Wayne Kabak, CEO of WSK Management, LLC. The tentative publication date for the new book and accompanying audio edition is Spring 2016 with Raab editing.
With the largest number of women serving in the nation’s history-- 20 women in the U.S. Senate and 78 in the House of Representatives -- Kelley will investigate their influence on the 113th Congress in her new book. She will focus on the Senate, known as “the world’s most exclusive club,” which has been traditionally white and male but is now, according to Kelley, “divinely diverse and one-fifth female.”
Kelley, who lives in Washington, D.C. and worked in the U.S. Senate for four years, says: “As a woman who cheers the accomplishments of other women on both sides of the aisle, I come to this project with a positive bias, and I am eager to learn if the combined talents and collegiality of women will make a difference in the way our laws are made and the country’s business is conducted. More importantly, through in-depth reporting I will try to answer the question that so many are asking: can the presence of women break the ugly gridlock now choking Congress?”
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Grand Central Publishing to Publish Rob Zombie's THE LORDS OF SALEM
Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, announced today that it will publish THE LORDS OF SALEM—a terrifying story straight from the singular mind of horror maestro Rob Zombie—on March 12, 2013. The novel is based on the original screenplay by Rob Zombie and written with multiple award-winning horror author B.K. Evenson. THE LORDS OF SALEM plunges readers into a nightmarish world where the sins of Salem are paid for in today’s blood.
Executive Editor Ben Greenberg preempted World rights from David Vigliano at Vigliano Associates. Translation rights have already been licensed to Heyne (Germany), Like (Finland) and Newton Compton (Italy). Hachette Audio will release an unabridged audio edition.
“As a horror junkie and a fan of Rob’s work, I am thrilled that GCP will be publishing this novel,” said Greenberg. “THE LORDS OF SALEM is Rob's first original horror story since the great The Devil’s Rejects, and it delivers exactly what his fans have been waiting for."
Hachette Book Group announces "Write Your Own Future," their Video Contribution to the It Gets Better Project
Hachette Book Group (HBG) is proud to announce the premiere of its video contribution to the It Gets Better Project. This video is the culmination of an employee-driven initiative by LGBT staff and allies who contributed their time and talents to send a message of hope to teens being bullied because of their sexuality. It’s a statement of support from HBG and its employees, and a reminder that it really does get better.
The theme of HBG’s It Gets Better video is “write your own future.” According to project leader Paul Florez, “The publishing industry is such a unique and colorful world. It’s full of so many different people from all walks of life, each with their own stories of grief and triumph. We really wanted to capture our LGBT employees’ stories and give the world a glimpse at a very progressive industry that values individualism. I’m so proud to be working at a company that views me as an equal and brings to light the struggles of LGBT youth.”
“What a privilege it is to be part of an industry that is, by and large, free of prejudice,” said Hachette Book Group CEO David Young. “Our industry is based on the telling of stories. These stories should help and inspire people, and I believe they will.”
See the video here: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/features/itgetsbetter/
Nolan Ryan, baseball hall of famer and cattle rancher, to publish cookbook
Michael Pietsch, Executive Vice President and Publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that Little, Brown has acquired North American publication rights to Nolan Ryan’s The Nolan Ryan Beef Cookbook. The book is scheduled for publication in May 2014.
Nolan Ryan is known for his prowess on the baseball diamond. The only player in the Major Leagues to have his number retired by three different teams, he also holds the single-season and career major-league strikeout records, and the Guinness World Record for throwing the fastest baseball ever, clocked at 100.9 miles per hour. Ryan has pitched seven no-hitters, a major-league record, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He is currently a member of the owner’s group as well as , president and CEO of the Texas Rangers.
But ever since he bought his first heifer at the tender age of ten, ranching has been close to Nolan Ryan’s heart. Ryan was one of the first baseball players to sign a contract worth $1 million. He invested his earnings in a ranch. While still pitching for the Texas Rangers he was asked to run for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, and during this period in his career, he started to compile his favorite beef recipes.
Hachette Book Group Announces EPUB3 Program Launch
Hachette Digital today announced the launch of Hachette Book Group's EPUB3 program. Hachette Digital is committed to the EPUB3 format, which allows greater flexibility in representing enhanced content, including interactive covers, embedded multimedia and interactivity, pop-up screens for end-notes, and melded audio and text, as well as improved navigation of reference content, creating a high-quality digital reading experience.
Hachette Book Group is releasing 16 titles in EPUB3 from November 2012 to March 2013. These titles cover many genres ¬ from psychology (Po Bronson's NurtureShock), to memoir (Elton John's Love is the Cure) to business (William Poundstone's Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?).
HBG'ss popular health and fitness titles ¬ Jackie Warner's This Is Why You're Fat (And How to Get Thin Forever), The DASH Diet Action Plan, Rocco DeSpirito's Now Eat This! 100 Quick Calorie Cuts at Home, and Making Babies by Sami David MD and Jill Blakeway, among others ¬ will greatly benefit from the enhancements that EPUB3 offers.
EPUB3 opens new doors for illustrated titles ¬ for young and adult readers alike ¬ in digital form, and HBG will offer Todd Parr's Otto Goes to Camp and James Patterson¹s young adult novel Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life as well as classic cookbooks such as The Flavor Bible and Vegan Cooking for Carnivores. EPUB3 will enable HBG to give readers a far richer reading experience.
Hachette plans to publish all standard novels in EPUB3 by March 2013.
Hachette Book Group President and COO Ken Michaels said "HBG's goal is to get our authors' works out to consumers as broadly as possible, with the most engaging experience for readers regardless of device or platform, along with high quality aesthetics and entertainment. To do this in a world of rapid technological change, the industry needs standards like EPUB3 that enable awider range of publishing creativity in handling complex layouts, rich media and interactivity capabilities. This EPUB3 release is an exciting step forward in our publishing program and will greatly benefit our readers as the industry fully recognizes the potential and fully adopts this important standard."
San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to Publish His Memoir
Michael Pietsch, publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that Little, Brown has acquired San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro’s memoir for publication in 2014.
“My family’s story of intergenerational struggle for success is one that so many Americanscan relate to,” said Mayor Castro. “Were it not for the sacrifices made by my mother and grandmother, and without the competitive, fascinating, and unique relationship with my twin, Joaquin, I would not be where I am today.”
A thirty-eight-year-old San Antonio native, Mayor Julián Castro is the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city. Many Americans saw his inspiring keynote address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. In that speech he shared part of his remarkable, uniquely American personal story.
Lagardère Announces Third Quarter Results
Lagardère released its results for third quarter 2012 today. Highlights of the company’s performance are as follows:
At Lagardère: The Lagardère group’s activity “held up well, notably thanks to a return to sales growth at Lagardère Publishing and continued development in Travel Retail at Lagardère Services,” according to the company’s press release. The Group delivered net sales for the third quarter of €1.963B (-0.4% on a like-for-like basis and -1% on a reported basis).
At Hachette Livre: Hachette Livre (Lagardère Publishing) delivered net sales of €626M, up 4.2% in reported terms and up .1% like-for-like. Of note during the third quarter was the stellar performance by General Literature, which rose sharply in France (+12.4%), the UK (+17%), and the US (+7.3%), thanks to the release of JK Rowling’s THE CASUAL VACANCY on September 27. This solid performance by General Literature helped offset the slowdown in the company’s education business in France, Spain, and the UK. Digital continues to grow within the publishing division, accounting for 20% of total third-quarter Adult trade book sales in both the US and the UK, representing 6.4% of total net sales for Hachette Livre.
At Hachette Book Group: While net revenues were up 6% in the third quarter, on a year to date basis HBG’s sales are still below the prior year. Digital sales at HBG increased 3% compared with the third quarter of 2011. Digital represents 20% of HBG's net sales, consistent with last year.
HBG had 184 titles – including 27 #1s – on the New York Times bestseller list thus far in 2012. We have surpassed our year-end total of 182 bestselling titles in 2011. In addition, 59 titles hit the New York Times ebook bestseller list. The key titles driving HBG sales for the third quarter include LOW PRESSURE by Sandra Brown, CHANGE YOUR WORDS CHANGE YOUR LIFE by Joyce Meyer, I DECLARE by Joel Osteen, I, MICHAEL BENNETT by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, NEVERMORE by James Patterson, THE CASUAL VACANCY by JK Rowling, and THE BEST OF ME by Nicholas Sparks.
HBG rounds out 2012 with a superb fall list that includes THE FORGOTTEN by David Baldacci, AMERICA AGAIN by Stephen Colbert, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING by Chris Colfer, THE PANTHER byNelson DeMille, THE BLACK BOX by Michael Connelly, I FUNNY by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, WHO COULD THAT BE AT THIS HOUR? by Lemony Snicket, BACK TO BLOOD by Tom Wolfe, and CROSS ROADS by Paul Young.
Click here to view the Lagardere press release.
Legendary Musician John Fogerty to Publish His Memoir
Michael Pietsch, publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that Little, Brown has acquired rock and roll legend John Fogerty’s memoir for publication in 2014.
In his long-awaited memoir, John Fogerty—one of rock’s most important artists and a national treasure who’s sold over 100 million albums—will recount his remarkable life. Fogerty’s private and professional journey is one of the great sagas in American music, and his book will interweave the facts of his life with the music that emerged from his personal joys and battles. This includes his time as the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for one of the most beloved and successful rock bands of all time, Creedence Clearwater Revival.
New Sales Structure for HBG
Evan Schnittman, EVP and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Hachette Book Group, has announced a new structure for HBG’s sales force that will bring the sales and marketing functions in line with the changing book market – unifying print and digital sales, and integrating research and analytics into HBG’s overall sales strategy.
HBG will not be reducing headcount as part of the re-alignment announced today. We are changing our current structure to enable HBG to meet the needs and challenges of our ever-shifting world, where digital has made a deep and lasting impression on the way HBG sells and the customers we sell to, the platforms we advertise on, and the manner and type of content we publish.
This re-alignment includes the following hires and promotions:
Chris Murphy has been promoted to Senior Vice President of the newly created Retail Sales department, which will consist of 5 sub-departments: National Accounts, CBA, Clients and Nashville, Young Reader Sales, & National Field Force.
We have hired David Bowers as SVP of Sales Strategy & Operations (SSO), a new group within HBG’s sales department. David comes to HBG from Oxford University Press where he has been Global VP of Business Development and Publisher, Oxford Academic Dictionaries. David will oversee both operations in sales (analytics, retail promotion, retailer services, ebook platforms services, metadata optimization, business modeling, and key author liaising) and Online Retailer and Jobber accounts.
The third group, International, Canada, & Special Markets (ICS), will continue to be led by Jean Griffin, VP ICS and Publishing Director, Ansel Adams.
Additional changes in the Sales department:
• Rick Cobban, has been named Vice President of National Accounts.
• HBG’s ID and Field Sales teams will be brought together under Mike Heuer who will be promoted to Executive Director, National Field Force.
• Rich Tullis will expand his role as Channel Director, Online Retail & Jobbers.
• Karen Torres has been promoted to VP Account Marketing & Retail Operations.
• Andy LeCount has been promoted to Channel Director, Chains.
• Linda Jamison has been promoted to Channel Director, Merch & Clubs.
Grand Central Publishing to Publish New Book by Bestselling Author Chelsea Handler
Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, announced today that it will publish a new book by bestselling author and comedian Chelsea Handler. The book, to be called, 50 SHADES OF CHARTREUSE: This Time It’s Personal, will be published under the A Chelsea Handler Book/Borderline Amazing® Publishing imprint of Grand Central Publishing. The book is slated for publication in October 2013.
Chelsea Handler said, "This sounds to me like one big wiki leak."
Beth de Guzman, VP, Editor-in-Chief, Paperbacks, who acquired the book for Grand Central Publishing, said, “Publishing Chelsea and partnering with her on her imprint have been ridiculously fun. And the new book is groundbreaking. Bigger stories, smaller type. We can’t wait to publish it.”
Legendary Musician Carlos Santana to Publish His Autobiography
September 13, 2012, New York, NY—Michael Pietsch, Publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that Little, Brown has acquired Carlos Santana’s highly anticipated autobiography for publication in 2014.
By the grace of God, dedication, and intense personal effort, Carlos Santana has reached unprecedented heights as a Mexican-born, internationally acclaimed artist. Carlos has spent his life as the embodiment of the dreams and aspirations of the invisible people all over this world. Being recognized by all who hear a single note is a God-given miracle. This gift has been bestowed on a select few: Bob Marley, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John McLaughlin, and, of course, Carlos Santana.
Grand Central Publishing To Publish Book By Former Goldman Sachs Vice President Greg Smith
Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, officially confirmed today that it will publish WHY I LEFT GOLDMAN SACHS: A Wall Street Story by Greg Smith. The book is scheduled to be published on October 22, 2012.
“Many people on Main Street distrust Wall Street right now, yet few can put their finger on why. Greg Smith’s candid account of his years at Goldman Sachs does just that,” says Jamie Raab, Executive VP of Hachette Book Group & Publisher, Grand Central Publishing. “Reading about his adventures as he rose from an idealistic intern to a vice-president, who felt the world’s most prestigious bank had lost its way, helped me finally understand how an elite few enrich themselves at the expense of the rest of us. Just as Greg’s New York Times Op-Ed touched off a firestorm last spring, this book will be a call to action for genuine financial reform.”
Hachette Livre Chairman Arnaud Nourry Announces Leadership Changes at Hachette Book Group and Hachette UK
Arnaud Nourry, Chairman of Hachette Livre, announced today that after seven years at the helm of Hachette Book Group, David Young has decided to return to the UK to be with his family. His last day as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hachette Book Group will be March 31, 2013. He will remain Chairman of HBG and will return to the U.S. approximately one week per month.
Effective April 1, 2013, Michael Pietsch, now Executive Vice President of HBG and Publisher of Little, Brown and Company, will succeed David Young as Chief Executive Officer of HBG, assuming full responsibility for the company’s profitability and direction. He will report to David Young and will begin immediately the search for a new Publisher for the division that he has led for the past 11 years.
Effective immediately, Ken Michaels, HBG’s Chief Operating Officer, is promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer. Ken Michaels joined HBG in 2009 and has overseen major contributions to HBG and Hachette Livre with the Order to Cash and Digital Asset Distribution platform, among many other systems enhancements. He is also responsible for HBG’s important third-party distribution services that will see the return of Disney and Hyperion in the second quarter of 2013.
In the UK, David Young on June 1, 2013 will assume the role of Deputy Chief Executive of Hachette UK and Chief Executive Officer of The Orion Publishing Group, a division of Hachette UK. In that capacity he will report to HUK’s CEO, Tim Hely Hutchinson. Tim Hely Hutchinson has today announced that Peter Roche will retire, in June 2013, from his role as Deputy CEO of Hachette UK and CEO of The Orion Publishing Group, the company he co-founded in 1992 and which he has led for the past 10 years.
David Young will also chair Hachette Livre’s Chief Operating Officers’ council, covering France, UK, USA and Spain, to help all parts of Hachette Livre benefit from his understanding of the publishing processes, systems, and efficiency. In this role and in his capacity as Chairman of HBG, he will report to Arnaud Nourry.