Faber finance director David Tebbutt was killed early Sunday morning and his wife, Judith, was taken hostage by suspected Somali extremist militants at a tourist lodge in the Kiunga marine reserve on the Lamu archipelago off Kenya's northern coast. Tebbutt and his wife had been on holiday and had only arrived at the resort a few hours before the attack. Tebbutt joined Faber in 2002 and was previously managing director of The Harvill Press and finance director of Routledge. The Bookseller is collecting tributes to Tebbutt from trade colleagues.
Joerg Pfuhl is leaving his position as ceo of Random House Germany (and member of the Random House executive board) at the end of this year. The German unit's chief operating officer since 2005 Frank Sambeth will take over as ceo January 1.
Vintage senior editor Jennifer Jackson has been named senior editor, Knopf and Doubleday. She has been with the group since 2002, and became an editor at Vintage in 2006.
Terra Chalberg and Rachel Sussman have launched Chalberg & Sussman, a new literary agency representing a wide range of literary and commercial fiction and nonfiction authors. The agency will also sell foreign rights to selected titles from independent publishers Milkweed Editions and Ig Publishing. Chalberg was previously director of foreign rights for the Susan Golomb Literary Agency, and before then was an editor at Simon & Schuster. Sussman spent six years with the Zachary Schuster Harmsworth Agency.
Jessi Cimafonte has joined Mary Evans Inc. as director of foreign rights, where she will also be developing her own client list. She was previously an associate agent at Kuhn Projects.
At Pan Macmillan in the UK, Jenny Geras and Trish Jackson have been promoted to editorial directors in the adult fiction department.
The new children's publishing company for Bloomsbury Children's executive Sarah Odedina is starting up for the Bonnier Group in London will be called
Hot Key Books is launching in late 2012. The publisher aims to issue 30 to 50 titles a year, focusing on children's fiction for kids 9 and up.
Allison Verost will join Macmillan Children's on September 26 as publicity director, reporting to president Jon Yaged. She was the assistant director of publicity at Harper Children’s.
Barbara Scott has joined WordServe Literary Group as an agent. In 30 years of publishing she has worked at Zondervan, McGraw-Hill, Honor Books, and most recently, started the fiction arm of Abingdon Press.