WaterBrook Press, the Christian publishing imprint of Doubleday Broadway, has shuffled its upper management, appointing Steve Cobb president and Don Pape publisher. Dan Rich, a cofounder (with Cobb) of WaterBrook and its president and publisher, has resigned. Cobb had been v-p, operations and administration, while Pape had been publishing director for WaterBrook and Shaw Books, a unit of WaterBrook.
Steve Rubin, president and publisher of Doubleday Broadway, said the restructuring was aimed at giving people "more specific areas of responsibility." Rich "did a wonderful job of launching the imprint, but it needs the attention that a [separate] president and publisher can give to it," Rubin told PW. WaterBrook was started in fall 1996 as an imprint of Bantam Doubleday Dell. Cobb, who will report to Eric Major, v-p and publisher for the Doubleday religious publishing division, will oversee the day-to-day management of the company, while Pape will have responsibility for all editorial operations. Both will remain at WaterBrook's Colorado Springs, Colo., offices.
WaterBrook and Shaw publish about 90 titles annually, and Rubin said he does not envision any major changes to their lists.