Bloomsbury children’s sales director Phil Earle is to join newly independent David Fickling Books as sales and marketing director.
The new appointment will be effective from January 2014.
Earle joined Bloomsbury last year, and was formerly at Simon and Schuster and before that at Random House. He is also himself a published author.
DFB founder David Fickling, who previously worked alongside Earle at Random House, said: “From our point of view, Phil is the perfect combination of author and industry expert, reflecting the dual insights and inspiration of others in our team. His relevant market knowledge and his strong customer relationships fully match our belief in working very closely with all our partners to create excellent books.”
Dave Shelton and his editor David Fickling have won the 2013 Branford Boase Award given annually to the author and editor of the most outstanding debut novel for children for A Boy and a Bear in a Boat published by David Fickling Books.