Brian Hampton, senior v-p and group publisher of HarperCollins Christian Publishing (HCCP), passed away on June 29, the publisher announced Monday. Calling Hampton a “great man,” president and CEO of HCCP Mark Schoenwald expressed his grief in a statement: “It is difficult to express what Brian Hampton meant to me, to this organization, to our authors, to the industry,” he said. “So many at HarperCollins Christian Publishing, including myself, admired Brian for so much more than his contribution here, and his presence will be missed."

Hampton began his career at Thomas Nelson in 1991 as an editorial assistant, and after moving up the ladder, he was named senior v-p and publisher for Thomas Nelson in 2006. In 2018, Hampton replaced David Moberg as president and group publisher of HCCP, where he led the strategy and direction of the publishing programs at both Thomas Nelson and Zondervan, with the exception of the Zondervan Academic and Zondervan Reflective imprints. He worked with bestselling authors such as Lysa TerKeurst, Jen Hatmaker, Rachel Hollis, Max Lucado, and more.

Hampton leaves behind his wife Karen and two children. Additional details about his death were unavailable.