Jennifer Haller, v-p and associate publisher of the children’s book group at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is moving to the Penguin Young Readers Group as v-p and associate publisher, effective March 26. She will report to Don Weisberg, president of the division. In the newly created position, Haller will oversee the publishing programs for all Penguin Young Readers Group imprints.
Haller began her career as a buyer for Joseph-Beth Booksellers, then became a national account manager at Candlewick Press. After moving to the sales division of Houghton Mifflin, she joined Harcourt Children’s Books in 2004 as v-p of sales, and was named v-p of sales and marketing in 2007. After the merger of Houghton Mifflin and Harcourt, Haller became associate publisher of HMH's children’s list, following the departure of publisher Lori Benton.
In announcing the new position, Weisberg said, “Jen is respected in the industry for her creativity, her keen intelligence and marketing savvy, and her deep love of children’s literature. These qualities, coupled with her extensive knowledge of the marketplace, give her a unique perspective in today’s publishing climate and we are thrilled to have her at Penguin.”
Betsy Groban, SVP and publisher of the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group, said, “Anyone who has worked with Jen knows she’s a pleasure to work with: she’s smart, funny, and tireless. I wish her well. That said, our longstanding and terrific editorial teams at Houghton, Clarion, and Harcourt (not to mention Sandpiper and Graphia) remain strong and in place. It’s our intention to replace Jen in the near future.”