Simon & Schuster has restructured its marketing and publicity teams, with communications director Hannah Corbett (pictured) leaving the publisher after 13 years.
Toby Jones, who joined the company in the role of group marketing and publicity director in the summer, said the changes to the publicity and marketing teams had been made to “ensure that we have the right structure and skills for a modern, rapidly changing market that has been transformed by digital.”
Emma Harrow will lead the publicity team, Sue Stephens and Sam Evans will remain as senior publicity managers while Elizabeth Preston has been promoted to publicity manager. The publisher is also looking to recruit another publicity manager and a press officer to complete the team.
Jones said that as a result of the restructure, he was “sad” to communicate that Corbett had left the company, saying she would be “missed.”
“Since joining in 2002, Hannah has brought a wealth of knowledge and ideas to Simon & Schuster, helping build a fantastic publicity team," he said. "She tirelessly and skillfully led some of Simon & Schuster UK’s most prominent campaigns, working with major name and debut authors on best-sellers and critically acclaimed hits. Her commitment to her authors, and to making their books unavoidably visible to readers everywhere, has certainly contributed to many successes here.”
In the children's department, Elisa Offord will continue to lead S&S’s children’s marketing and publicity team, Liz Binks will continue on as marketing and publicity manager, while Hannah Cooper joins the company in December as publicity manager. Hannah has extensive experience from Walker and Scholastic, working on campaigns for authors including Cassandra Clare, Anthony Horowitz and Michael Rosen. Jade Westwood has been promoted to senior marketing and publicity executive.
In the marketing department, Dawn Burnett will continue to oversee the marketing team, Rik Ubhi will take on the new role of content marketing manager, Merle Bennett joins the publisher in January from Penguin Random House as marketing manager, covering for Hayley McMullan during her maternity leave and Sam Habib will continue as marketing designer.
Two new positions have also been created at the company. S&S will be hiring a social media manager, who will be responsible for leading and executing the strategy for its social media platforms, influencer marketing and community development. Johnny Keyworth, who has been working in the children’s team since 2014, has also been appointed as group marketing and publicity assistant, providing crucial support to the division.
Jones said: “We’ve been looking closely at the shape of our marketing and publicity division to ensure that we have the right structure and skills for a modern, rapidly changing market that has been transformed by digital. Reflecting the various ways readers now discover and engage with books and authors, we are making changes to help us reach consumers as effectively as we can.”
He added: “We’ll be looking to introduce new ways of the divisional teams working together that will help us plan truly integrated, focused campaigns that make the maximum impact with readers. The ambition is that, in 2016, we’ll all be sat together as a single team.”
Hannah Corbett can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org