Waterstone's has appointed Steve Clark as acting operations director after Roger Childs left the company last week. Clark formerly held the position of head of retail operations at the bookseller.Both Childs and commercial director Michael Neil left Waterstone's with "immediate effect" last Tuesday, a day before James Daunt took up his tenure as m.d of the bookseller. Waterstone's was bought from the HMV Group by Russian oligarch Alexander Mamut for £53m in a deal that officially completed last Wednesday.
Will Sulkin announced plans to retire from his position as publishing director of Random UK's The Bodley Head in April 2012. Editorial Director at Harvill Secker Stuart Williams will move over to The Bodley Head in January 2012 and take over as publishing director when Sulkin retires (while continuing to publish about six fiction titles a year at Harvill Secker). Williams will report to Vintage UK publisher Dan Franklin.
Sulkin joined Random UK in 1990 as publisher of Pimlico and created the nonfiction Bodley Head list in 2007. He began his career in publishing at Penguin in 1969.
Kate Lloyd has been promoted to assistant director of publicity at Scribner.
At Bloomsbury USA, Lea Beresford has joined the company as associate editor and assistant to the publishing director. She was at Random House for four years.
Under Bloomsbury's recently-arrived executive director of US marketing Cristina Gilbert, Laura Keefe has been hired as associate director of digital and trade marketing for adult titles (she was online publicity manager at Little, Brown); and Kim Burns has been hired as director of trade and digital marketing for children's titles (she was ebook channel manager at Macmillan). Doug White joins the unit as trade sales operations manager reporting to David Wightman (he was national account manager at Diamond Book Distributors), and Ryan Tozzi is academic operations manager.
At Scholastic, Lynne Karppi has been promoted to Director of Creative and Product Development for the Consumer Products division.