Quarto Group has named former Octopus head Alison Goff its new CEO, effective January 2. Goff had been at the Hachette UK division for 21 years before leaving in April 2020.

Goff will replace interim CEO, and largest Quarto shareholder C.K. Lau as CEO. Lau stepped into the role following the departure in July of Polly Powell, who had led the publisher for two years.

In a prepared statement, Quarto chairman Andy Cumming expressed confidence that Goff is the right choice to lead the company: “Alison is a widely respected leader who has built world-class publishing operations. The board is confident that, with her experience, strategic vision and unwavering support from the Quarto team, she will lead the company to the next phase of business growth."

Goff said she is looking forward to joining Quarto with plans to “set out a clear roadmap for the future.”

For the first six months of 2021 ended June 30, Quarto revenue was up 21%, to $56.9 million, over the comparable period in 2020. About half of Quarto’s sales come from the U.S.