Jim Childs will retire as publisher of Rowman Littlefield’s trade division, Globe Pequot Press, on October 31.

Childs joined GPP in September 2014, overseeing the acquisitions of Stackpole Books, Sheridan House, and Gooseberry Patch. He also developed a strategy to publish books for regional markets.

“In Jim’s tenure here, he has shaped the future of our category-driven, enthusiast imprints,” said Rowman Littlefield CEO Jed Lyons in a statement. “Jim led a team effort that created a long-range publishing plan, launched strategic publishing partnerships and developed a market-focused approach to book acquisitions.”

There are no immediate plans to replace Childs as publisher. Lyons said he will serve as publisher at-large until a successor is named, likely in 2018.

Childs’s exit from GPP ends a 40-year publishing career. Prior to joining GPP he was president of Time Home Entertainment and had served in executive positions with HarperCollins, John Wiley, and the Taunton Press.