Hands off Hachette style

<p>Liz Bury</p><p> French group Lagard&#232;re, through its subsidiary Hachette Livre, has a reputation for benign parenting to live up to in the UK following its recent &#163;223m acquisition of Hodder Headline. The group is known for keeping creative publishing teams intact as individual, autonomous units, an approach that has the advantage of being both popular with staff and sound business.</p><p>Arnaud Nourry, Hachette Livre chairman and c.e.o., says that the hitherto hands-off management of Orion, Octopus and Franklin Watts has been a natural extension of the group's style in France. ...

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