Former PRH Australia publishing director Ben Ball will be joining Scribner at Simon & Schuster Australia.
In the newly created role of publishing director, he will be reporting to the organisation's m.d. Dan Ruffino, taking responsibility for the strategic and creative direction of the recently launched Australian arm of the literary imprint. He will look for commercial opportunities to grow the business locally, while also working closely with S&S colleagues in the UK, US, Canada and India on global titles and projects.
Ruffino said: "I am delighted to reunite with Ben professionally. He is arguably one of our finest and most creative talents in Australian publishing and I’m looking forward to his contribution to growing our already successful and expanding local publishing efforts."
Ian Chapman, c.e.o. and publisher of S & S UK and International, said: "Ben Ball is an outstanding publishing talent and we couldn’t be more delighted to be welcoming him back into the S&S fold. The authors and their work have always been at the heart of what Ben does, and in this newly-created role he will be the fulcrum of our local literary publishing in Australia. In addition, his appointment completes the truly global strategy for Scribner. He is a delightful and gifted editor and we couldn’t be happier to be working alongside him again."
"For me, S&S is like family," Ball said. "I’ve known Ian for 20 years and Dan for 12, and they’re two of the people I’ve most loved working with. They’re both passionate, bold, genuine book people. Here, Dan is running one of the most exciting and successful companies in Australian publishing - he’s assembled a smart team of readers, with a concentrated list that’s able to give each author genuine focus, while also having strong and meaning international relationships. It’s a privilege to be joining them and to be entrusted with developing Scribner into a significant home for Australian literature."
Ball worked at S&S UK for almost five years in the early noughties rising to editorial director for fiction and departing in 2005 to become publisher of Penguin in Australia. He became publishing director of PRH Literary in Australia until being made redundant last May, in a move which his author Tim Winton found "deeply wounding".