Hachette UK has announced a new structure for its international sales team, with three members being promoted to director roles.
The restructure follows the announcement that international sales director Ben Wright will leave his role as group international sales director in April to join HarperCollins.
Abigail Mitchell will now become international sales director for Asia, Africa, Middle East and Europe, with Matt Cowdery, Paul Kenny, Robert Wiltshire and a new head of Europe who is yet to be appointed, reporting directly to her.
Mitchell joined Hodder as international sales administrator in 2006, was promoted to manager a year later and moved to Headline in 2011 before joining the newly set up international team in 2014. She was promoted to head of sales for Europe at the beginning of 2016.
Rachael Hum has been appointed international sales director responsible for ANZ (excluding Hodder & Stoughton, Headline, John Murray and Quercus), India and the Americas. The newly created role is designed to offer a more joined-up approach to Hachette’s international sister companies, particularly ANZ, creating a hub for Hachette Children’s, Little, Brown, Octopus and Orion.
Hum joined Little, Brown as European sales manager in 2010, was promoted to export sales manager in 2011 and took on the role of head of export sales for Little, Brown and Orion in 2014. Simon McArt, Anna Kelsall and Ellie Kyrke-Smith will report directly to her.
In a separate move, Eleanor Wood becomes international sales and product director. She continues in her role managing all HHJQ ((Hodder, Headline, John Murray and Quercus) international sales, with specific responsibility for ANZ. She is taking on a strategic role with publishers to develop international facing lists. The role reports to Lucy Hale, Deputy c.e.o of HHJQ.
Group sales director of Hachette UK, Rob Manser, said: “Our international sales teams have contributed an enormous amount to our very successful results in 2018 and I would like to thank everyone for this and for their performance over the years which has consistently been at the highest level.”
Abigal Mitchell, Rachael Hum and Eleanor Wood