National Geographic Kids Books has several promotions. Becky Baines has been promoted to v-p and editorial director, from executive editor. Kate Hale has been promoted to executive editor, from senior editor. Sally Abbey has been promoted to director of editorial operations, from managing editor. Ariane Szu-Tu has been promoted to editor, from associate editor. Kathryn Williams has been promoted to associate editor, from editorial assistant. Michaela Weglinski has been promoted to assistant editor, from editorial assistant. Former v-p and editorial director Erica Green has left the company to move overseas; she can be reached here.
Simon Schuster Children’s Publishing has two promotions and two new hires. Sarah Creech has been promoted to associate art director for Simon Pulse, from senior designer. Tiara Iandiorio has been promoted to junior designer for Aladdin, from art and design coordinator. Heather Palisi has been named senior designer for Aladdin and Simon Pulse; most recently she was senior designer at Penguin Random House. Jess LaGreca has been named art coordinator.
Kamilla Benko has joined Bloomsbury Children’s Books as senior editor/brand manager, overseeing the company’s lead YA fantasy franchises. She was previously an editor at Glasstown Entertainment.
Nicole Ellul has been promoted to editor at Simon Pulse, from associate editor. Sarah McCabe has been promoted to associate editor at Simon Pulse, from assistant editor. Tricia Lin has been promoted to assistant editor at Aladdin, from editorial assistant. Diego Molano Rodriguez has joined Simon Schuster’s children’s marketing department as marketing coordinator; he was most recently sales assistant.
Amy Cloud has joined HMH Books for Young Readers as senior editor, acquiring middle grade and young adult books. She was previously an editor at Aladdin.
Val Otarod has been promoted to associate editor at Macmillan’s Square Fish imprint; previously she was editorial assistant.
Leila Sales, previously associate publishing manager at Viking Children’s Books, has moved to Austin, Texas. She will be working on editorial and writing projects, and will continue to edit select books on Viking’s list. She can be reached here.
Jocelyn Davies has been named senior editor at Disney Press, focusing on IP initiatives that develop Disney properties into stories. Previously she was an editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books.
Penguin Young Readers has four promotions. Jocelyn Schmidt has been named senior v-p, associate publisher, Penguin Young Readers; previously she was v-p, associate publisher. Now reporting to Schmidt are Gerard Mancini and David Briggs, who will co-lead a centralized managing editorial team. Mancini has been named v-p, executive managing editor, Penguin Young Readers, and associate publisher at Viking; he was formerly v-p, managing editor. Briggs has been named v-p, executive managing editor, Penguin Young Readers; he was previously associate publisher, executive managing editor. Stephanie Sabol has been named v-p, business development, brand and paperback; formerly she was executive director, business development and brand management.
HarperCollins Children’s Books has one promotion and two new hires. Alice Jerman has been promoted to editor, from associate editor. Aubrey Churchward has been named senior publicist; she was previously a publicist at Simon Schuster Children’s Publishing. Kadeen Griffiths has been named assistant publicist; she was previously entertainment editor at Bustle.
Dana Leydig has joined Viking Children’s Books as an editor; previously she was an editor at Puffin Books.
Brooke Shearouse has joined Abrams as senior publicist; previously she was a publicist at Scholastic.
Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group has three promotions. Kelsey Marrujo has been promoted to senior publicist, from publicist. Jeremy Ross has been promoted to marketing manager, from associate marketing manager. Caitlin Crocker has been promoted to marketing coordinator, from marketing assistant.
Michael Freeman has joined Disney Book Group as account manager; previously he was educational account manager at DK.