John Bond to leave HarperCollins

Press Books m.d. John Bond is leaving HarperCollins by the end of June "following a mutual agreement" between himself and HC c.e.o. Victoria Barnsley.

The division, which comprises Fourth Estate and HarperPress, will be run by Barnsley in the short term, assisted by special projects director Katie Fulford. HC said the decision was consistent with its phasing out of divisional managing director positions over the past few years for the likes of Collins and its fiction and non-fiction wings.

Fourth Estate publishing director Nick Pearson and HarperPress publishing director Clare Smith will report into Fulford in the interim. Scott Pack will report to group digital director David Roth-Ey in his role running The Friday Project. Pack also reports to Roth-Ey in his position as director of digital development.

Bond said: "I am very sad to leave. But whilst the current publishing environment clearly demands lean divisions, it also favours fresh thinking and ingenuity and I am looking forward to a new challenge. I have loved the chance to oversee the enormous creativity involved in acquiring and publishing over the last six years, to sit alongside my previous sales and marketing experience."

Barnsley said:  "Our industry is undergoing seismic change at the moment hence our drive to create a flatter, more flexible structure allowing us to respond nimbly to a rapidly evolving market. I am very sorry to see John go—he has been a terrific colleague and will be greatly missed by all of us at HarperCollins.

"He and his team have published critically acclaimed books with considerable commercial success and his management has provided stability and consistency. During the last six years, the division has won every major literary prize—the Nobel Prize for Literature, the Man Booker, the Samuel Johnson, the Orange Prize, the Guardian First Books award (twice) and the William Hill Sports Prize. This is a testament to John's terrific leadership and I am sure everyone will join me in wishing him all the best for the future."