Jason Bartholomew is leaving Hodder & Stoughton to join Midas Publishing Relations as joint c.e.o.
Bartholomew is currently rights director at Hodder & Stoughton, Headline, John Murray Press, and Quercus Books, and is publishing director of Quercus Books US.
He will leave his current roles on 31st May and start at Midas, an independent communications agency for books, publishing and the arts, on 1st July.
Bartholomew will join Steven Williams and Tony Mulliken on the Midas Board as joint c.e.o. with special responsibility for the development of new markets and services.
Williams said: “Tony and I are really excited that Jason is joining us here at Midas. With Jason’s close knowledge of the needs of an ever changing publishing industry, and with his knowledge of other arts and media sectors, we are confident that his exceptional track record, his energy and his creativity, will enable Midas to achieve a greater diversity and quality of offering in the future.”
Bartholomew said he was “thrilled” to join Midas and is keen to develop the brand further.
He said: “I have known Steven and Tony for some years and always admired the work of their company. With my long experience in the UK and US publishing worlds, allied with my contacts across other arts and media organisations, I am looking to build Midas into an even bigger brand than it already is."
The news follows some other recent staff changes. Amelia Knight re-joined the firm as associate director at the beginning of the year, while director Nicola Green returned from maternity leave in the autumn, with various account executives joining over the past few months.
Zekra Rahman, formerly an associate director at the company, left at the end of last month while fellow associate director, Daniel Freeman, left in December after seven years.
Williams told The Bookseller that the overall number of staff had remained the same.