A former Barnes & Noble executive has been appointed to head up the UK arm of illustrated book publisher Abrams & Chronicle following the departure of Doug Pocock in March.
Brenda Marsh, who is currently vice president, director of business development at Abrams in the US, will take up the position of managing director of A&CB on 27th June, 2016.
Before joining Abrams in the US, Marsh spent almost 15 years in executive roles at Barnes & Noble including in author relations, merchandising and content for the bookseller’s website.
Marsh has also worked in sales and marketing for HarperCollins, Penguin USA and St. Martin’s Press.
Michael Jacobs, president and c.e.o of Abrams, said: “Brenda is a proven leader, an inspirational boss, and a superb mentor as well as a seasoned professional who is admired throughout the publishing industry. We look forward to her leading our successful and growing UK based joint venture.”
Marsh will oversee a team of 18 sales and marketing professionals and an extensive sales team covering the UK and export markets. In addition to the Abrams and Chronicle lists, the company will also distribute other fine illustrated publishers across the UK and international markets.
Marsh said: “I am honoured to have the opportunity to join the talented team at Abrams & Chronicle Books, and excited to work with the vibrant bookselling communities we serve, and which I've long admired from the USA.”
Doug Pocock, m.d. of Abrams & Chronicle Books (A&CB), left the company on Friday (11th March) in order to “pursue other opportunities”.
A statement from the company given to The Bookseller at the time, said: “Abrams & Chronicle Books (A&CB) has announced that Doug Pocock, managing director of the London-based sales and marketing joint venture, will be leaving the company as of March 11th in order to pursue other opportunities. A&CB thanks Doug for his efforts in helping to grow the enterprise in both the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe and wishes him all the best in his new endeavours.”