Gene Mydlowski has been appointed to the newly created position of vice-president, creative director of the Ballantine Publishing Group. He will direct the design look for the group's imprints, including Ballantine, Fawcett, Ivy, Del Rey, Wellspring, Library of Contemporary Thought and One World.

Before joining Ballantine, Mydlowski was vice-president, associate publisher and creative director of HarperPaperbacks, where he coordinated jackets and packaging for HarperPrism, HarperAudio, HarperEntertainment and commercial fiction hardcover titles for HarperCollins.