Chris Emerson, chief operating officer of Hachette UK, is to replace David Young as chair of the Hachette Livre Chief Operating Officers’ Board.
Established in 2009, the c.o.o. board was designed "to oversee global initiatives in Hachette Livre's digital and operational infrastructure".
Young, who is chief executive of Orion and deputy c.e.o. of Hachette UK, stood down as chair on his retirement, announced in May.
Emerson will report to chairman and c.e.o. of Hachette Livre, Arnaud Nourry, and will start in his role immediately. He'll also join the international executive board of Hachette Livre.
Nourry said: “Hachette Livre strives for excellence in innovation. The c.o.o. board of Hachette Livre is at the heart of this, directing our strategy and ensuring that our publishing in all formats and in all markets is underpinned by the very best systems, technology and supply chain operations. I am delighted that Chris, who makes an enormous contribution to Hachette UK, is extending his role to chair the c.o.o. board.”
Emerson said: "I feel enormously privileged to have been asked to take over from David Young who has led our c.o.o. board so brilliantly over the last few years. His are big shoes to fill. As our markets continue to evolve, the challenges for modern publishers are complex. I am thrilled at the opportunity to work with my international colleagues to continue the development of our operational infrastructure to ensure that Hachette Livre remains the most innovative, technically-advanced and operationally-astute publisher in the world.”