People Round-Up Mid-July 2014


Two months after Globe Pequot’s sale to Rowman & Littlefield, approximately 25 staff across the company were let go, including four Lyons Press editors and a few managers. In addition, Executive Director of Editorial at Lyons Press, Janice Goldklang, is leaving. She may be reached at

Julia Cheiffetz announced that she has resigned from Amazon. A former Editor at HarperCollins and Random House, Cheiffetz went to Amazon in 2011 to help launch the online retailer’s book imprint, which was overseen by then-Publisher Larry Kirshbaum.

Rachel Bressler joined Plume as Editorial Director on July 14, taking over from Phil Budnick, who’s moved to Penguin’s Adult Hardcover division as Director of Field and Wholesaler Sales. Bressler was the Executive Director of Corporate and Publisher Relations at The Park Literary Group, and prior to that was Associate Publisher at Ecco.

Paul Whitlatch is joining the Hachette Books imprint as Senior Editor, starting July 21 and reporting to Mauro DiPreta. Whitlatch had been at Scribner.

James Howitt, former Director of Client Solutions at Bowker, is now Business Development Manager at YouGov.

Karina Mikhli has been named Senior Manager Customer Relations/Sales Operations North America at CodeMantra.  She was most recently Executive Director Content Operations at Triumph Learning and previously at OnDemand Books.

Catherine Cullen has joined Little, Brown as Senior Publicist. Previously she was a Publicist at Crown. In addition, Fiona Brown has been promoted to Publicity Manager.

Michael Hoak has joined Yale University Press as Online Marketing Manager. Previously, he was Marketing Manager and Digital Marketing Manager at St. Martin’s.


Sarah McGrath has been promoted to Editor in Chief at Riverhead, where she has worked since 2006 as Executive Editor, joining Editorial Director Becky Saletan and Publisher Geoff Kloske in the editorial leadership of the imprint.

At Norton, Publicity Director Elizabeth Riley has been promoted to the new position of Senior Publicity Director; Associate Directors Rachel Salzman and Erin Lovett have both been promoted to Publicity Director.

Becky Green has been promoted to VP, Director, Children’s Retail Sales, Random House Children’s Books. She was previously the division’s VP, National Accounts.

Penguin Random House announced a number of appointments in the recently-united special markets department. Pam Roman is VP, Director, Specialty Retail & Wholesale Sales and Business Development; Tammy Cabot is Director, National Accounts, Specialty Sales; Mary Margaret Callahan is Director, In-House Specialty Sales; Christine Palomino is Director, Specialty Field Sales; and Deb Lewis is Business-to-Business Trade Sales Manager.

Crown announced a number of recent promotions in the Editorial department. Kevin Doughten has been promoted to Senior Editor for both the Crown and Archetype imprints, while Domenica Alioto moves up to Editor. Miriam Chotiner-Gardner, as previously announced, has been promoted to Associate Editor, while Nathan RobersonEmma Boyer, and Nora Evans-Reitz all move up to Assistant Editor.

HarperCollins’ Jean Marie Kelly announced that Victoria Comella has been promoted to Publicity Director of HarperCollins 360. She has been with Harper 360 since its first frontlist title published in September.


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Carolyn Fireside died on June 20th, at the age of 74.  She had spent much of her career at New American Library and Pocket Books, before becoming a ghost writer, writer and editor.

Longtime VP, Director of Publicity at Penguin Maureen Donnelly, 59, died June 30th at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ of breast cancer. Before joining Penguin, Donnelly worked at Simon & Schuster and New American Library in a publishing career that spanned 40 years.


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Twelfth International Conference on Books, Publishing and Libraries
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