HARPERCOLLINSDavid Hirshey, formerly executive editor, has been named senior v-p. Hirshey edited five New York Times bestsellers in 2004, among them Seymour Hersh's Chain of Command....Tom Ward, formerly assistant general counsel, has been named v-p, director of business affairs and associate general counsel.... Pamela Spengler-Jaffee, formerly assistant director of publicity, has been named director of publicity for the Morrow/Avon Group.

NEW AMERICAN LIBRARYMark Chait, formerly with Hyperion, has joined the company as a senior editor.

SIMON & SCHUSTERJennifer Suitor, formerly director of publicity at Harper's ReganBooks imprint, has been named director of publicity for Simon Spotlight Entertainment.

HARCOURT BRACEAndrea Priske Cowan, who formerly held a senior sales position at EBSCO Information, has been named director of sales, special markets.

HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESSSusan Wallace Boehmer, formerly senior editor for manuscript development, has been named executive editor for trade book development.... Deborah Hodgdon has been hired as a senior designer.

BLACK DOG & LEVENTHALJudy Pray, previously senior editor at Stonesong Press, has been named a senior editor.... Courtney Reddy, formerly assistant manager of sales support at Scholastic, has been named national accounts manager.... Maureen Winter, previously an editorial assistant at the Nature Publishing Group, has been named foreign rights coordinator.... Jennifer Thompson Stone, formerly an editorial assistant at Atria Books, has been named editorial and marketing assistant.

AVALON PUBLISHING GROUPIna Howard, formerly a publicist at Nation Books, has been appointed senior publicist.

DELPHINIUM BOOKSBarbara Lazear Ascher, a former journalist and a Delphinium author, has been appointed editorial director.

RANDOM HOUSE AUDIOScott Matthews, v-p and publisher, has been named a senior v-p with added responsibilities for the Listening Library and Imagination Studio imprints.

VIGLIANO ASSOCIATESElisa Petrini, a longtime book editor for Morrow, Bantam and Dutton, has joined the agency as a v-p and literary agent.

SUSAN RABINER AGENCYSydelle Kramer, formerly with the Frances Goldin Agency, has joined the agency, focusing on serious nonfiction and academics in the social sciences who write for the trade.

SCOUTSLauri del Communehas been appointed U.S. scout for Ullstein Buchverlage, Claassen, Econ List, Marion Von Schroder, Propylaen and Allegria.... Maria B. Campbell Associates has been named U.S. scout for Psichogios Publications.