At the Random House Publishing Group, Noah Eaker has been promoted to senior editor; Lindsey Schwoeri has been promoted to editor; and Ben Steinberg has been promoted to associate editor. Karen Fink has been named associate director of publicity at Random House. At their Ballantine Bantam Dell division, associate publisher Kim Hovey has been promoted to senior vice president; Shauna Summers has been promoted to executive editor; and Jennifer Smith moves up to senior editor. Karen Chaplin has joined Harper Children's as an editor, acquiring hardcover tween and teen fiction, reporting to Barbara Lalicki. She was previously an editor at Puffin.
Brian McLendon will join Twelve as associate publisher on March 7. He will be 'responsible for orchestrating Twelve's publicity and promotional strategies, and will have a vital role in evaluating projects for the imprint.' McLendon is currently deputy director of publicity at Ballantine Bantam Dell and an agent director of the Random House Speakers Bureau.
Harlequin has announced a number of changes to its editorial department. Editorial Director of Harlequin Mills & Boon UK Karin Stoecker will retire on April 1 after 32 years with the company. Effective March 1, Glenda Howard, Tessa Shapcott and Birgit Davis-Todd have been promoted to senior executive editors for New York, London and Toronto respectively, reporting to Dianne Moggy. In addition, Kelli Martin has been promoted to senior editor, Kimani Press.
Zareen Jaffery has joined the Simon & Schuster Children's imprint as executive editor, reporting to Justin Chanda.
Penguin Australia announced that publishing director Bob Sessions will step down in April after 27 years with the company.
UK literary scout John McLay will be scout English language children's and YA books for Editora Fundamento in Brazil and Egmont Eastern Europe.
Karina Mikhli will join Assouline as vp, publishing operations. She was most recently production manager of medicine/trade/academic/law at Oxford University Press.