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February 2016


Karen Boss has been promoted to associate editor.

Julie Bliven moves up to editor.

Disney Publishing Worldwide

Mary Ann Naples has been named vp, publisher, effective March 14. She was previously svp, publisher at Rodale Books & Rodale Wellness.

HarperCollins Children’s Books

Cindy Hamilton has been promoted to senior director, publicity.

Stephanie Hoover has been named publicist.

Nellie Kurtzman moves up to v-p, marketing.

Rosanne Romanello takes on the role of associate director of publicity.

Caroline Sun has been named director of publicity.

Holiday House

Brittany Mitchell moves up to marketing associate at Holiday House.

Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers

Russell Busse has been promoted to assistant editor.

Mary-Kate Gaudet moves up to executive editor.

Janelle Gonzalez joins the company as brand analyst for brand, licensed, and media tie-in publishing. She previously worked at the National Hockey League.

Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Robyn Chapman joins First Second as associate editor. She was formerly assistant editor at Lerner’s Graphic Universe imprint.

Penguin Young Readers Group

Sarah Fabiny has been promoted to editorial director of Grosset & Dunlap, PSS, Cartoon Network Books, and Warne.

Cristi Navarro takes on the role of director, national accounts, Penguin Young Readers Sales.

Shanta Newlin moves up to v-p, executive director of publicity. Before joining the company in 2008, she spent nearly a decade in children’s publishing at Abrams and Henry Holt, among others.

Random House Children’s Books

Lauren Adams has been promoted to marketing manager.

Rachel Bader has been named director, licensing. She was previously director of licensing for Prometheus Global Media.

Diana Blough takes on the role of director, category marketing.

Derek Elmer moves up to director of marketing.

Running Press

Julie Matysik will join the company as editorial director on March 14. She was previously editorial director at Sky Pony Press.


Patti Ann Harris has been named creative director for Cartwheel Books, Orchard Books, Readers, Branches, and Little Shepherd.

Emily Heddleson takes on the role of senior marketing manager, educational and library marketing.

Monica Palenzuela joins the company as senior publicist. She was formerly a project manager with Scholastic National Partnerships.

Nicholas Thomas takes on the role of publishing manager for Chicken House and David Fickling Books. He was previously editorial assistant at Bloomsbury.

Cheryl Weisman moves up to senior production director, digital, print & audio at Scholastic Trade.

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