Jane Harris is to join the Bonnier Publishing Fiction division as executive director for children's fiction.
Harris will report to recently appointed Bonnier Publishing Fiction c.e.o. Mark Smith, and will be responsible for all the company's children's fiction output, including imprints Hot Key Books and Piccadilly Press.
Harris and Smith previously worked together at Quercus, where Smith was founder and c.e.o. and Harris was executive director of sales and marketing, after a previous role in children's publishing as sales and trade marketing director for Walker Books. Harris left Quercus last July following its acquisition by Hodder, and subsequently took up a role as interim m.d. at Inpress.
Her appointment at Bonnier in the children's fiction role follows on from the surprise announcement late last year that Sarah Odedina, who launched Hot Key in 2012, was stepping down from the position with immediate effect.
On Harris's appointment, Smith commented: "I'm delighted that Jane is joining us to lead our children's fiction efforts. She has a fantastic track record in the children's arena and I'm very much looking forward to bringing her enthusiasm, energy and commercial eye to Hot Key Books and Piccadilly Press."
Harris responded: “It is very exciting to be working with Mark again, and especially within such a dynamic and expanding international publishing house. Children’s publishing continues to remain buoyant and the scope and opportunity to be creative and successful in a global market place is a challenge that we are determined to take on.”