HarperCollins Children's Books has one promotion and three new hires. Tara Weikum has been named v-p, editorial director; she was previously editorial director. She joined the company in 2000; the books she has edited include the I Am Number Four series by Pittacus Lore, Thanhha Lai's Inside Out & Back Again, Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series, as well as books by Joyce Carol Oates, Louise Erdrich, Aprilynne Pike, and Louise Rennison. Nancy Inteli has joined as editorial director. She was previously global editorial director at Disney Book Group, where she created and managed such franchises as Disney Princess, Pixar, and Fairies. She is also the author of 25 books for children. Kristen Pettit has joined as executive editor. Previously she was at Razorbill, where she acquired Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why and Influence by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen; before that she worked at Parachute Press. Alexandra Cooper has been hired as executive editor. She comes from Simon & Schuster where she spent 13 years, most recently as senior editor. Among the projects she has edited: Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Brian Collier; Anything but Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin; the Chemical Garden trilogy by Lauren DeStefano, and The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.
Kim Lauber has been promoted to associate director, children's marketing for Chronicle Books. She was previously senior manager of marketing and publicity for the children's group.
Megan Tingley has been promoted to executive v-p and publisher of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; she was previously senior v-p and publisher. She joined the company in 1987 and was named publisher in 2006.
There are several promotions at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. Karen Walsh has been promoted to executive publicity director; she was previously publicity director. Rebecca Bond has been promoted to designer; she was previously associate designer. Kate Greene has been promoted to marketing manager; she was previously marketing associate. Trish McGinley has been promoted to production manager for picture books; she was previously production supervisor. Sharismar Rodriguez has been promoted to senior designer; she was previously designer. Jessica Yodis has been promoted to digital production editor; she was previously digital associate production editor.
Edward Necarsulmer IV has joined the agency of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner. He was formerly director of the children's department at MacIntosh & Otis.
Sue Tarsky has been named publisher of children's books at Frances Lincoln, with the brief of building and shaping the children's list. Previously, she was editorial director at Orchard Books in the U.K., for picture, gift, and novelty books. She was also publisher of Igloo Books, publishing director at BBC Worldwide, and managing director and founder of the children's publisher ABC.
Abrams Books for Young Readers has three promotions. Laura Mihalick has been promoted to associate marketing and publicity manager; she was previously assistant marketing and publicity manager. Morgan Dubin has been promoted to marketing and publicity associate; she was previously marketing and publicity assistant. Erica Finkel has been promoted to assistant editor, from editorial assistant.
Molly Sardella has been promoted to associate publicist in the Penguin Young Readers Group; she was formerly publicity assistant.
Craig Herman has been named executive director of publishing for Peanuts Worldwide and Iconix Entertainment. In his new position he will drive the editorial content of the publishing program for the Peanuts brand on a global basis. Previously he was v-p and associate publisher at Running Press.
Random House Children’s Books has several personnel announcements. Editor-at-Large Jim Thomas is leaving his fulltime position to become a fulltime writer and father, as of Friday, April 5. He will continue to work with some of his authors, including Rachel Hartman, on a freelance basis. Michele Burke has been promoted to senior editor at Knopf Books for Young Readers; she was previously editor. Allison Wortche has been promoted to editor at Knopf Books for Young Readers; she was formerly associate editor. Loira Walsh has joined the art department as a junior designer; she was previously design assistant at Sixth & Spring Books.