HarperCollins Christian Publishing (HCCP) has appointed Don Jacobson to the role of senior v-p and books group publisher of HCCP and its affiliate, HarperCollins Focus. Effective October 7, Jacobson will be based in Nashville, Tenn., reporting to Mark Schoenwald, president and CEO, HCCP, and will serve on the company’s executive leadership team.

Jacobson has more than 35 years of experience in Christian publishing, including buying Multnomah Press in 1992 and selling it to Random House in 2006. He then founded a literary management agency, D.C. Jacobson and Associates. In his new role at HCCP, Jacobson will be responsible for the strategy and direction for Thomas Nelson and Zondervan, as well as the strategy and expansion of HarperCollins Focus into the general market. He will no longer be involved with the literary agency.

News of Jacobson’s appointment comes three months after the death of Brian Hampton, who succeeded David Moberg as senior v-p and group publisher of HCCP ahead of Moberg's planned retirement in July. Moberg, who stayed on in the role until a replacement was found, will transition out of the role and retire.

“I’ve known of Don and his entrepreneurial approach to our industry for many years,” Schoenwald said in a statement. "We believe his deep experience, leadership, and strategic thinking will be a great addition to our organization.”

Jacobson added, “I am looking forward to working for a new company and using my industry knowledge and experience to be part of a great leadership team.”