Friday, July 24, 2009

Houghton Fills a Gap

According to the latest Publishers Lunch:
In what many may view as a sign of at least temporary stability for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's adult trade lines, the unit has filled the vacant position of publisher. (Adult trade publisher Becky Saletan resigned last December and was not replaced.)

Bruce Nichols--who saw his position as publisher of the Collins imprint diminished in the reorganization at HarperCollins in February that left him as publisher of the smaller Collins reference line and executive editor at Harper--will take the role as svp, publisher of of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Adult & Reference Group on August 3.

HMH trade & reference president Gary Gentel says, "Nichols is widely recognized in the industry for his leadership, innovation and keen editorial judgment, and his ability to find topics and writers that attract national attention. We want to build on our legacy, but also look to the future, and I'm thrilled to have Bruce guide our Adult and Reference programs." And he adds, "In a happy historical coincidence, it turns out Bruce's grandfather, Stephen W. Grant, spent his entire career at Houghton Mifflin, from 1931-1973, serving as the company's president from 1963 - 1973."

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