Hutchinson's Jocasta Hamilton is succeeding Mark Richards as publisher of imprint John Murray.
After Richards steps down in May, to start Swift Press with Diana Broccardo, Hamilton will start in her new role in August, reporting to JMP m.d. Nick Davies. She will also join the John Murray Press board.
Hamilton spent the last nine years as publishing director at Hutchinson, where she worked with established authors such as Sebastian Faulks and Robert Harris, managed the Wodehouse Estate and published international bestseller Amor Towles' A Gentleman in Moscow. She also acquired new talent, including Tara Westover, who wrote the successful memoir Educated, and Taylor Jenkins Reid, who wrote novel Daisy Jones and the Six.
The appointment sees a return to Hachette UK for Hamilton, who, until 2011 was deputy publishing director at Sceptre, where she acquired Women’s Prize shortlisted Emma Henderson, Booker longlisted and Granta Best of British author Ned Beauman and Costa shortlisted author Jess Richards.
Davies said: "I’m thrilled that Jocasta is joining John Murray–and re-joining the wider Hachette family. As many across the industry already know, Jocasta is one of the most energetic and stylish publishers around, with an enviable track-record for spotting new talent and helping her authors reach the widest possible audience. I have no doubt that she will be a nurturing leader for the talented team at John Murray whilst also invigorating the imprint as a whole."
Hamilton said: "I’m incredibly excited to be joining Nick and the team at John Murray. It’s an imprint with a rich history and I feel privileged to be part of its future. I’ve been lucky to work with many wonderful authors and learned so much from my colleagues over the last nine years at Cornerstone."