In a restructure, Lisa Moraleda has been promoted to executive director of children’s publicity at Simon & Schuster, and will serve as head of the department, across all imprints. As of spring 2022, all publicists in the department will now work on all imprints.
The department also has several new hires and promotions. Tara Shanahan has joined as director of publicity; she was most recently associate director of publicity at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Nicole Valdez has been named senior publicity manager; she was formerly marketing and publicity manager for Random House Graphics. Morgan Maple has joined as publicist; she was previously associate publicist at Random House Children’s Books. And Shivani Annirood and Jenny Lu have both been promoted to publicist, from associate publicist.
In the new structure, senior director of publicity Nicole Russo, Tara Shanahan, and Nicole Valdez will all report to Lisa Moraleda, who will continue to report to Lauren Hoffman, v-p and director of marketing and publicity.