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Milbank appointed Octopus publishing director
25.01.12 | Charlotte Williams
Octopus has appointed Richard Milbank, previously non-fiction publishing director at Atlantic Books, to the newly created role of publishing director.
Before working at Atlantic, Milbank was publishing director, non-fiction, at Quercus. In the role at Octopus, he will be commissioning both non-illustrated and illustrated non-fiction in areas including popular history, culture and science, and general reference. He will report into group publishing director Denise Bates and will take up the post on 19th March.
Group publishing director Denise Bates said: "Now is the perfect time to add to our existing commissioning strengths in these areas. I am delighted that Richard is joining to help drive this buoyant area of the business both in the UK and internationally."
Milbank said: "I am absolutely delighted to be joining Octopus' dynamic and creative publishing team. The prospect of fusing my interest in general reference, illustrated and narrative non-fiction to create a new list of real editorial quality allied to strong commercial potential, is an exciting one indeed."
Atlantic m.d. Toby Mundy said: "I'm delighted for Richard Milbank. We have no plans to fill his position at this time."