Ellen Holgate is to join Bloomsbury Children's Books as editorial director for fiction in the new year.
Holgate, who is currently senior editor at Hodder Children's Books, will report to children’s publishing director and international editor-in-chief Rebecca McNally.
McNally said: "Ellen is a real rising star in children's fiction. Her passion, creativity and excellent taste in books are matched by high ambition for her authors and strong commercial sense.
"She's the perfect fit for Bloomsbury as we reinvigorate our fiction frontlist and reinvent the many wonderful gems on our backlist."
Holgate said: "Bloomsbury Children’s Books is a very exciting place to be right now and it’s a privilege to be joining such a wonderful team. I’m looking forward to working with new and existing authors alike; it’s a dream job."
Holgate begins at Bloomsbury on 21st January 2013. She has previously worked at Walker for seven years, and has worked closely with authors including Patrick Ness, Hilary McKay and Ruth Warburton.