Melanie Tansey is to join Hachette UK as group HR director, succeeding Dominic Mahony, who retires at the end of the year.
Tansey, who will report to c.e.o. David Shelley and join the board and executive committee of Hachette, comes to the publisher from her current role as Group HR director at ITN. She begins at Hachette in the New Year.
Hachette said Tansey was joining at a pivotal time for the company as it is "expanding into new formats, making significant acquisitions and becoming a truly global player." She will drive HR programmes to support the company's growth agenda and be responsible for Hachette's plans to increase diversity across the group, particularly at senior levels.
Shelley commented: "I'm incredibly excited to welcome Melanie to Hachette - she brings a huge amount of experience leading HR for creative and tech organisations, and developing ground breaking diversity and inclusion strategies.
"I am totally committed to ensuring that we're an open and progressive company that rewards talent, sponsors diversity and inclusion and reflects the readership we serve all over the world. Melanie's appointment is absolutely key to this and she has a brilliant track record. I'm really looking forward to working closely with her on our growth plans, ensuring that Hachette continues to attract and retain the best talent and that we more closely mirror the society we live in."
Tansey said she was "absolutely thrilled" to be joining Hachette "at such an exciting time of international growth and innovation."