Kim Hovey, senior v-p and associate publisher at Ballantine Bantam Dell, has been promoted to deputy publisher. Libby McGuire, to whom Hovey will continue to report, announced the appointment.

Hovey has been at the company for more than 20 years, beginning as a publicist at Ballantine. As deputy publisher, Hovey will work more closely with Gina Wachtel and the mass market and digital publishing programs, and with Richard Callison for the nonfiction lists, as well as with the marketing and publicity departments to direct a variety of Ballantine Bantam Dell-wide initiatives.

McGuire said, "I am proud of the terrific publishing partnership Kim and I share, and I am but one of the dozens on our team who every day and in countless ways rely on her focus, strength, and heart."