Clare Somerville joins HCB

Clare Somerville has joined Hachette Children's Books as deputy managing director, with responsibility for Group Sales, Rights and Marketing.

She was recently Harlequin UK Ltd general manager India, UK & Export Sales.

Somerville, who previously worked as sales and marketing director at HCB, was appointed by m.d. Marlene Johnson, who said: "I am thrilled to be working with Clare again. She brings with her a wealth of experience in licensing, digital and brand development which will prove invaluable to the next stage of our development.”

Somerville said: "Having been out of the children’s book world for seven years I am delighted at the prospect of returning to Hachette and working in such a vibrant creative environment. Hachette Children’s Books has a truly impressive portfolio of authors and brands and offers many opportunities for future growth.”

Somerville has also previously worked for Penguin, Egmont and Transworld, most recently spearheading Harlequin's development in South Asia. She joinced HCB at the beginning of 2013.