Marjorie Braman is leaving Henry Holt, where she has been vp and editor-in-chief since September 2008. Prior to that she was executive editor at HarperCollins for 12 years. She is leaving on to concentrate on freelance editorial projects, and her last day is January 31. Holt will name a new editor-in-chief at a later date.
Christina Ward of the Christina Ward Literary Agency and Richard Balkin of The Balkin Agency have merged, to form The Ward & Balkin Agency.
Adrienne Lombardo has been promoted to audio rights agent at Trident Media Group. She was formerly the assistant for Ellen Levine and Don Fehr.
In the Harper Children's publicity department, Allison Verost joins the unit as assistant director of publicity. She has been at Penguin Children's for almost 8 years.
Aitken Alexander Associates will open an office in Delhi, India, on January 17, with Shruti Debi as senior agent. Debi worked for seven years at Picador Indiaand will also be a director of Aitken Alexander Associates India Pvt Ltd., along with Gillon Aitken, Clare Alexander and Andrew Kidd. She will sign new clients as well as 'provide local support for Aitken Alexander's existing roster of outstanding subcontinental writers.'
Random UK is renaming its CCV division, changing it to Vintage Publishing. MD Richard Cable says in a statement, 'The decision to rename ourselves Vintage Publishing is but another stage in a long line of evolution within the company.... We recognize that the name Vintage is now a key defining brand in our publishing lives, as it is for our readers, and perfectly reflects our commitment to publishing of the highest quality.'
In Germany, Silvia Kuttny-Walser, a 21-year veteran of Random House Germany and publishing director of Blanvalet announced yesterday she is resigning to move to Luebbe Verlag as publishing director.