HarperCollins makes senior promotions

HarperCollins has made a series of senior level promotions, with current commercial managing director Simon Johnson becoming managing director, HarperCollins, and Tom Fussell moving into the role of group commercial director. David Alford has been promoted to financial controller following the resignation of Gordon Taylor.

All three promotions will be effective from 1st July, with Johnson reporting directly to c.e.o. Victoria Barnsley. He will be responsible for looking after the commercial teams at HC, and will be jointly responsible with publisher Belinda Budge for driving the operating performance and long-term strategy of the trade publishing business.  

Barnsley said: "With an industry in the throes of unprecedented change, it's even more critical that our operation is seamlessly joined up. Creativity is, and always will be, our key differentiator and this must be coupled with a rigorous approach and a clear focus on driving underlying profit. I am confident that Simon in the new role of m.d. will bring even greater success to the company."

Fussell will be reporting to both Johnson and Budge, taking on responsibility for commercial finance. In addition to the trade divisions, he will also be responsible for the languages and Geo divisions. Johnson said: "Tom has already brought a huge amount of expertise to our commercial teams in the trade divisions and has spearheaded a number of key profit improvements initiatives. I am delighted he will now extend his remit."

Fussell joined HC in 2009 as group commercial director, trade, having previously worked at Random House and the BBC.

Meanwhile, Alford will report to finance director and company secretary, Ed Kielbasiewicz, and will run the Glasgow finance function of the company, though will continue to be based in London.