HQ strengthens senior management team

HQ strengthens senior management team

HarperCollins imprint HQ has promoted Rachel Kenny, Louise McGrory and Sophie Calder in a bid to strengthen its senior management team.

Kenny, currently senior commissioning editor, will be promoted to HQ non-fiction editorial director. Having joined HQ in July 2016, Kenny was selected as a Bookseller Rising Star 2017. Amongst other achievements, she won an eight-publisher auction for BOSH! the "largest and fastest-growing" vegan cookery Facebook channel in the world, according to the publisher. She will continue to report to HQ executive publisher, Lisa Milton.

McGrory, who was previously head of design at Harlequin before HarperCollins' acquisition of the company, will become creative director for HQ, HQ non-fiction, HQ Digital and Mills & Boon. She was pivotal in the launch of the HQ imprints in November 2016, and has recently led the rebrand of Mills & Boon working alongside award winning design agency Pentagram, said the publisher.

Calder, currently head of PR, will be promoted to publicity director for HQ, HQ Non-Fiction, HQ Digital and Mills & Boon. Since joining HarperCollins in July 2016, Calder has delivered, amongst others, high profile campaigns for Tom’s Daily Plan by Tom Daley, Four Mums in a Boat by The Yorkshire Rows and Diversify by June Sarpong. Within her first 12 months at HQ, she recruited three publicists into newly created roles establishing an in-house PR team within the division. Both McGrory and Calder report to associate publisher Nick Bates.

Executive publisher Lisa Milton said: “Inheriting an incredible legacy business – Mills & Boon - whilst also launching a start-up imprint – HQ - has been huge fun, but also hard work. We wanted to recognise the commitment, creativity and excellent leadership of Rachel, Louise and Sophie. Within a short space of time all three have achieved even more than we could have hoped. Each a leading talent in their field, I’m already excited to see what they accomplish next.”