Harpley swaps Atlantic for Pan Mac in publishing director role

Harpley swaps Atlantic for Pan Mac in publishing director role

Pan Macmillan has appointed Mike Harpley as publishing director for non-fiction.

Harpley, who is currently publishing director for non-fiction at Atlantic Books, will join Pan Macmillan on 7th March 2022.

Pan Macmillan said the appointment was part of "an ongoing strategy to restructure and grow its non-fiction publishing" and Harpley would "add editorial firepower to the team". He will join fellow publishing director Ingrid Connell and both will report into Lucy Hale, Pan publisher.

Harpley joined Atlantic Books in 2015. Prior to that, he was editorial director at Oneworld. During his tenure at Atlantic, he published Isabel Hardman’s Why We Get the Wrong Politicians, John Kampfner’s Why the Germans Do it Better, Chris Atkins’ A Bit of a Stretch, Yvette Cooper’s She Speaks, Martin Ford’s The Rise of the Robots, and Robin Ince’s The Importance of Being Interested. He was shortlisted as Editor of the Year at the 2021 British Book Awards.

He said: “Pan Macmillan has done some amazing publishing across all the imprints in recent years, combining critical acclaim with huge bestsellers. Few places could have tempted me from Atlantic, but as well as the impressive achievements, I’ve heard great things about the company culture and team spirit. I can’t wait to work with everyone and play my own part in the company’s future success.”

Hale added: “Mike has an outstanding reputation as a fine publisher and has a great track record of creating bestselling books both in the UK and internationally. We are delighted to welcome him to the Pan team and I am very much looking forward to working with him, and the rest of the team, on the rapid growth of the Pan Non-Fiction list in the coming years.”