Jo Hanks has been appointed as the new publisher at Quarto Children's Books, the list for children's illustrated non-fiction.
Hanks succeeded Jonathan Gilbert last week, who stepped down after more than 16 years with the company to move to North Norfolk.
Previously, Hanks worked at Penguin Random House Children’s, where she was publisher for partnerships and picture book brands. While there, she acquired partnerships with the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Imperial War Museum, and led the publishing strategy for a range of brands, including Peter Rabbit and Eric Carle.
Hanks said: “I’m truly delighted to be joining the team at Quarto Children’s Books. Their creative ingenuity knows no bounds and their high-quality, playful books deliver lots of fun and informative non-fiction content to children of all ages. It’s an exciting and highly commercially list with ambitious plans for growth in the global market."
David Graham, c.e.o. of the Quarto Group UK, added: “As Jonathan Gilbert steps down as publisher of Quarto Children's Books after more than 16 years at Quarto, the challenge of finding a suitable successor was a significant one. But I am delighted to be thanking Jon for his many years of dedicated service to the business while welcoming Jo Hanks to the Quarto team. Jo brings a wealth of illustrated children’s publishing experience to this key role at Quarto, and I am sure she will build on Jon’s impressive legacy."