The Quarto Group has reorganized some of its U.K.-based imprints in what the publisher calls “an effort to re-energize its publishing program, and keep it relevant to readers and customers in an ever-changing market.”
On the adult side, Richard Green, who is currently publisher at Aurum Press, has been promoted to group publisher, overseeing the Aurum, Frances Lincoln, and Quintessence imprints. Kerry Enzor will take over as publisher at Aurum.
In children’s, Small World Creations, which was acquired by Quarto in 2014, will be brought under the umbrella of Quarto’s London-based group of children’s imprints, Young Quarto. The group currently consists of Quarto Children’s Books, QED/QEB Publishing, Words Pictures, and Small World Creations, and is led by group publisher Zeta Jones. As a result, Quarto’s Yate office, where Small World has been based since joining Quarto in 2014, will be closed.
Small World sales director Donna Webber will integrate into Jones’s team at the end of the year, while publisher Debbie Backhouse will leave the company.
“Quarto is a nimble organization and we constantly strive to keep our portfolio dynamic to ensure that we remain market-focused and relevant to our readers and customers,” Quarto Group chief executive Marcus Leaver said in a statement. “We have a fantastic team of people who craft the best ideas for our imprints and our customers—which is what ultimately makes us successful.”
The publisher does not expect to see a significant job impact from these changes.