Mairi Kidd, managing director of accessible children’s book publisher Barrington Stoke, has been made redundant after six years at the company.
Kidd joined the publisher as managing director in 2010. Prior to that she was chief executive of arts agency Firefly Arts.
The company told The Bookseller it is not replacing the role of managing director. Instead different members of the team will have “bigger roles”. Sales and marketing director Jane Walker will lead the sales and marketing team, financial controller Anne Mather will handle operations and the company’s founder Lucy Juckes will have more of a “hands on role for the time being”.
Kidd left the company on 17th March and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bookseller has reported:
Sarah Odedina has resigned from her position as children’s publisher at Oneworld saying she did not receive the necessary support to build her list.
She leaves the company with immediate effect.
Odedina joined Oneworld in May to launch Young Adult imprint Rock the Boat… [She] told The Bookseller that she was "not given the support or trust that would be essential to build a successful list".
Odedina was previously m.d. at Hot Key Books, a role she left in November 2014.
full report via Odedina leaves Oneworld | The Bookseller.
Ingrid Selberg, m.d of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division, is to leave the publisher at the end of this month.
S&S said Selberg had resigned from her position after 11 years at the company for personal reasons, and that a replacement was being sought.
Sarah Odedina leaving Hot Key, The Bookseller reports:
Bonnier, which owns Hot Key, made no comment on Odedina’s departure apart from saying the search for her replacement had started. Odedina will stay at the company until 30th April 2015 but Bonnier did not say in what capacity that will be.
Odedina launched Hot Key Books in 2012 after leaving her position as group editor-in-chief for children’s books at Bloomsbury, where she oversaw J K Rowling’s Harry Potter series.
Daunt told The Bookseller: “We have become a much simpler business and also a business that is running itself as efficiently as it possibly can. Unfortunately that also means a business which is more streamlined. They [Howells and Allen] were both exceptionally good at their jobs but they were employed in an era when Waterstones was different but we have substantially changed.”He added: “We used to have to defend ourselves to a large degree – we do not do that anymore. I think we have an excellent relationship with the trade press and also the wider press now – things were a lot more complicated a few years ago.”
M.d. James Daunt said their departures were the result of a company decision, because the chain had “substantially changed” since the duo were first employed. From now on, the company’s publicity needs will be handled by company members in a less centralised form, he indicated.