Kathy Daneman has joined the Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current imprints of Penguin Group as publicity director. She spent the past seven years at Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Danielle Crabtree has been promoted to marketing associate for Crown Trade. Gianna Sandri has joined the Crown Archetype marketing team as a marketing associate. She was previously at Pearson Education. Maren Childs has been named associate web developer at Crown Publishing Group. She was previously at Workman.

Jeff Alexander will join The Penguin Press as a senior editor on October 29. He was previously an editor at Vintage/Anchor.

Tess Woods has left Newman Communications to start her own firm, Tess Woods PR, LLC.

Dan Gerstle will be joining Basic Books in the role of associate editor. He was previously at Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

At Penguin Young Readers Group, Shanta Newlin has been promoted to executive director of publicity.

After 33 years with Chronicle Books, food and drink editorial director Bill LeBlond has announced his retirement. His last day will be Thursday, November 7.