Bonnier Publishing UK has made a raft of promotions in its senior management team as “it prepares for further growth under the leadership of c.e.o Perminder Mann”.
Helen Wicks, Natalie Jerome, Lisa Edwards and Ben Dunn have all been appointed into new roles which come into effect later this week (20th November).
Dunn has been promoted to m.d of Kings Road Publishing after joining as m.d of its adult non-fiction imprint, Blink Publishing, in 2015, where he led key acquisitions, including Robbie Williams, Roger Daltrey and Lily Allen.
Wicks has been promoted into the role of business development and group licensing director of Bonnier from her previous role of creative director, Kings Road Publishing, and will continue to report into Mann. Wicks will work alongside the c.e.o on new business ventures, including group licensing acquisitions.
Jerome, the brand and licensing director of Kings Road Publishing, will become Bonnier Publishing’s acquisitions director and publisher.
Edwards has been promoted from her role of publishing director, Templar Publishing, which she “successfully transformed” on joining two years ago, to the newly-created position of head of children’s publishing of Kings Road Publishing, reporting into Dunn. Edwards will oversee Kings Roads’ children’s imprints, comprising Templar Publishing and its two sub imprints, Templar Books and Big Picture Press, as well as Studio Press and Weldon Owen.
Mann paid tribute to her employees and said that Dunn had “successfully woven himself into the fabric of our culture and made an incredibly positive impact on the business”.
She also praised Wicks’ work and said: “Over the past five years, Helen has been instrumental in developing and successfully growing our children’s business, starting as publisher of Autumn Publishing, before taking on the role of Creative Director, Kings Road Publishing.”
The c.e.o. described Jerome’s “reputation in the agenting world” as “second to none” and said her new role would further cement these relationships.
The promotions follow the consolidation of Bonnier’s UK divisions under Mann in May and in September she was listed as one of the Guardian’s most powerful BAME leaders. Mann continues to report into Bonnier Publishing Group c.e.o Richard Johnson.