Tracy Behar has been named senior v-p and publisher at Avery and TarcherPerigee, effective next year, succeeding Megan Newman, who took a buyout at Penguin Random House this year.

Behar joins PRH from Little, Brown, where she is v-p, publisher, and editor-in-chief of the nonfiction imprint Little, Brown Spark, which she founded in 2018. Authors Behar has worked with include Mark Hyman, Daniel Kahneman, David Perlmutter, Kerry Washington, and Andrew Weil. Prior to joining Little, Brown in 2005, she held senior management positions at Atria, Broadway Books, and HarperCollins.

Reporting to Behar at will be Lucia Watson, who has been promoted to v-p and editor-in-chief of Avery, which she joined in 2005 after starting her career at Viking in 1998. Executive editor Nina Shield and associate editors Hannah Steigmeyer and Isabel McCarthy will report to Watson.

Also reporting to Behar are Lindsay Gordon, associate publisher and director of publicity and marketing for the imprints, and Marian Lizzi, v-p and editor-in-chief of TarcherPerigee.

With Behar's pending departure, Michael Szczerban has been promoted to the role of v-p and publisher of Voracious and Spark, effective January 1. Szczerban launched the Voracious imprint in 2019, and has published such authors as Christopher Kimball, Sarah Knight, Wally Koval, and Pete Souza.

Szczerban began his career at Simon & Schuster, where he acquired Samin Nosrat’s Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, and later helped launch the Regan Arts imprint at Phaidon before joining Little, Brown in 2014.