Simon Schuster Children’s Publishing has a promotion and two new hires. Alexa Pastor has been promoted to editor at Atheneum Books; previously she was associate editor at Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers. Rachel Berquist has joined as education and library marketing assistant; she was previously marketing and sales project coordinator for Partner in Publishing. Amanda Livingston has joined as education and library marketing assistant.
Abrams has two new hires. Mary Marolla has joined as children’s publicist; previously she had her own PR company, Mare Public Relations. Borana Greku has joined as marketing manager; she was most recently associate marketing manager at Macmillan Audio.
Vanessa DeJesús has joined Penguin Young Readers as publicist; previously she was an associate publicist at Simon Schuster Children’s Publishing.
Sara Sargent has joined Random House Books for Young Readers as senior executive editor, and will focus on platform-driven books sourced from pop culture, celebrity platforms, and current events, ranging from picture books through YA, both fiction and nonfiction. She was most recently executive editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books.
Scholastic Trade has several promotions and new hires. Liza Baker has been promoted to v-p, associate publisher of Cartwheel Books, Orchard Books, and Acorn and Branches. She was previously v-p, executive editorial director. Katie Carella has been promoted to executive editor of Acorn and Branches, from senior editor. Jessica Tice-Gilbert has been promoted to associate art director of Cartwheel Books and Orchard Books, from senior art and novelty director. Yaffa Jaskoll has been promoted to executive art director, trade fiction, from art director. Celia Lee has been promoted to senior editor of Cartwheel Books and Orchard Books, from editor. Alexis Lassiter has been promoted to sales associate, from sales coordinator. Angie Mason has joined Scholastic as senior designer, trade creative services; she was a lead designer at Alex Brands. Ingrid Paredes has joined as publishing special manager. She was previously with Scholastic Education. Katie Fitch has joined Scholastic as associate art director, licensing and brands; she was previously senior designer at HarperCollins Children’s Books. Taylan Salvati has joined as brand publicity specialist. She was previously a publicist at Wunderkind PR.
At Random House Children’s Books, Hanna Glidden has been promoted to associate director of publishing operations business process and support, from manager.
Scholastic Trade has several promotions and new hires. Anna Bloom has been promoted to senior editor at Scholastic Press, from editor. Emily Seife has been promoted to senior editor at Scholastic Press, from editor. Baily Crawford has been promoted to senior designer at Scholastic Press, from designer. Maya Marlettehas been promoted to assistant editor at Scholastic Press, from editorial assistant. Samantha Swank has rejoined the licensed publishing team as editor, licensing, media, and brands; she was associate editor at Cartwheel. Brigid Martin has joined as sales associate; she was previously sales and sub rights coordinator at Disney Publishing Worldwide. Holland Baker has joined Scholastic as production editor for the Branches, Acorn, and Graphix imprints; she was previously assistant managing editor at Topix Media Lab. Nicole Surman has joined as graphic designer, trade creative services; she was previously at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Katherine Forester has joined Scholastic as assistant brand marketing manager; she was previously marketing assistant at Tor. Caroline Flanagan has joined Scholastic as production editor, trade paperbacks; she was previously assistant editor at Springer Nature. Vicky Kopidakis has joined Scholastic as advertising coordinato; she was previously advertising promotions coordinator at HarperCollins.
Jennifer Dee has been promoted to publicity manager at Penguin Young Readers, from senior publicist.
Simon Schuster Children’s Publishing has one promotion and four new hires. Rebecca Vitkus has been promoted to production editor, from associate production editor. Lisa Lauria has joined as editor for Simon Spotlight; she was most recently a copywriter at Toys R Us, and had been an editor at Disney Publishing Worldwide. Cassie (McGinty) Malmo has joined as publicity manager; she was most recently senior publicist at Disney Publishing Worldwide. Lauren Carr has joined as publicist; most recently she was a publicist at Bonnier Publishing. Annika Voss has joined as digital and social marketing coordinator; most recently she was a marketing operations assistant at Scholastic.
Dial Books for Young Readers has two promotions. Dana Chidiac has been promoted to editor, from associate editor. Ellen Cormier has been promoted to editor, from associate editor.
At Candlewick Press, Katie Cunningham, Kate Fletcher, and Andrea Tompa have all been promoted to executive editor. They were formerly senior editors, and all three have been with the company for 15 years.
Lerner Publishing Group has two promotions. Rachel Zugschwert has been promoted to v-p, marketing, from group marketing director. Greg Hunter has been promoted to editorial director of Graphic Universe, from associate editorial director.