Crossley joins Hachette Children’s as pre-school publisher

Crossley joins Hachette Children’s as pre-school publisher

Hachette Children’s Group (HCG) has appointed Heather Crossley, current publisher of Ladybird Books, to the newly created role of pre-school and baby publisher.
 
Starting in early autumn, Crossley will create a new pre-school and baby imprint. She will report directly to c.e.o. Hilary Murray Hill.
 
Crossley said: “Creating a brand-new pre-school list has been a long-standing ambition of mine. I am looking forward to working closely with the talented team at Hachette to create a wonderful list that little ones will love, parents trust and retailers get really excited about.”
 
Crossley has been the publisher for Ladybird Books since 2002. She started her career at Kingfisher and later worked for the British Library and BBC Worldwide Books.
 
Her appointment comes at a time when HCG is creating several new management roles. The company recently hired Katie Price, former global director of publishing at HIT Entertainment and Mattel, as licensing director, and appointed Rob Ince as education and non-fiction publisher and Nick Gibson as finance director.