Holly Harris is to join Simon & Schuster UK as publishing director in the non-fiction adult publishing division.
Currently editorial and media development director at Penguin Random House Children’s division, Harris will start on 6th July, reporting to the division's managing director, Suzanne Baboneau. Deputy non-fiction publishing director Ian Marshall and editorial director Fritha Saunders will report to Harris in her new role.
Baboneau said: "Something clicked when I first met Holly and I could see her taking a fascinating and fresh approach to our non-fiction list, working alongside Ian, Fritha and myself to realise its full potential and our ambition to strengthen our presence in the market.
"Holly has great flair and energy, her tastes are wonderfully wide-ranging and she has a proven ability to identify gaps in the market. I am immensely excited that she will be joining us and not least at a time when so much of what we could count on day to day has been subverted and our outlook on life, and what we seek to read, may well be entering a new phase."
Harris began her publishing career in the non-fiction editorial department at Headline before joining Penguin Random House in 2016. Her work includes the publication of number one paperback non-fiction bestseller, Five Minute Mum by Daisy Upton, and award-winning Feminists Don’t Wear Pink, curated by Scarlett Curtis.
She said: "I’ve loved Penguin, and I’m so grateful to the talented colleagues and authors I’ve been lucky enough to work with. But the opportunity to join S&S and work on a list I’ve long admired is extremely exciting.
"Great non-fiction feels more important now than ever, and I can’t wait to join the brilliant team there—even via Zoom."
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