Nancy Adimora is returning to HarperCollins in a newly created diversity-focused role, helping to attract authors and reach new or currently underserved audiences.
Adimora, who has been named audience development manager, diversity & inclusion, starts on 10th February.
She will initially report direct to chief executive officer Charlie Redmayne, identifying authors and titles to be published by existing HarperCollins divisions and imprints.
Adimora said: "I am incredibly excited to be returning to HarperCollins, and I’m particularly delighted to be re-joining in a role that’s centred around diversity and inclusion.
"HarperCollins has already shown real commitment to building inclusivity across the business, and I valued the opportunity to learn from some of the best people in the industry through its traineeship. It’s a privilege to now be in a position to support the company’s efforts to grow new audiences and attract more talent from diverse communities across the UK."
Adimora first joined HarperCollins through its BAME training scheme in 2017. She went on to work for Twitter as a content curator and on her own projects and is also founder and editor of online African literary magazine AFREADA, which features emerging writers from across the continent.
Redmayne added: "Nancy impressed us all when she first joined HarperCollins, and I am delighted she is returning to the business. Nancy will be helping us to find emerging talent from diverse communities and at the same time helping our marketing teams to reach those audiences more effectively. I am very much looking forward to working with Nancy in this important area."