Serpent's Tail has appointed Hannah Westland, previously an agent at Rogers, Coleridge & White, to the role of publisher.
Westland will join the Profile Books imprint in April 2012, and will report to associate publisher Daniel Crewe.
Westland said: "I've been very fortunate to have spent nine happy years at RCW, among amazing colleagues and so many extraordinary writers, but the opportunity to become publisher at Serpent's Tail was one I couldn't pass up.
"I have always admired the Serpent's Tail list for its bravery and imagination, and for championing new and unusual voices, both in fiction and non-fiction. I am absolutely thrilled to have been given the chance to continue this tradition, and am looking forward to working alongside the fantastic team at Serpent's Tail and Profile."
Profile Books m.d. Andrew Franklin called last year "Serpent's Tail's best ever", with the film adaptation of Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin helping the publisher sell 140,000 more copies of the book, and Esi Edugyan's Half Blood Blues making the Man Booker shortlist. Edugyan was one of Westland's authors at RCW.
Franklin said: "Hannah is just the right person to take the list to new heights and we are very excited that she will be joining us soon."