Gary Zelko, director and publisher of the Merck Publishing Group since 1982, has retired. Zelko can be reached at

At Ten Speed Press, Julie Bennett has been promoted to v-p, editorial director. Jenny Wapner has been promoted to executive editor, and Kelly Snowden joins the editorial department as editor.

Heather Alexander has joined Pippin Properties as literary agent. Alexander was previously at Dial, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group.

At the New Press, Carl Bromley has been named editorial director. Bromley was most recently at NationBooks, where he was editorial director. Marc Favreau has been named executive editor.

Seal Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group, has appointed Stephanie Knapp as acquisitions editor. She was previously at Crown.

At Chronicle Books, Anne Kenady has been promoted to designer, Lifestyle Publishing. Kayla Ferriera has joined as children’s publishing junior Designer.