Egmont has appointed Hilary Murray Hill [pictured] as m.d. of a newly created Books division, where she will report to Egmont UK m.d. Cally Poplak.
Murray Hill will join Egmont from Scholastic, where she is currently m.d. of Children’s Books, in March.
Poplak said she was "delighted" to welcome Murray Hill to the company, saying: “Her exceptional track record in senior management and superb and wide-ranging knowledge of children's publishing will help steer our new bigger Books division to even greater success.”
Murray Hill said: “I am sorry to be saying goodbye to close colleagues in the outstanding team at Scholastic where I've enjoyed eight fulfilling and eventful years, but the opportunity to join Egmont in a new and challenging role at an exciting time for the company, and the wider industry, is unmissable."
Scholastic said it will make an announcement about Murray Hill’s replacement "in due course" with the publishing division reporting to group m.d. Catherine Bell in the meantime.
Bell commented: "We are very sorry Hilary is leaving the company but we wish her every success with her future plans. She has made a great contribution to Scholastic Children’s Books and her commitment and enthusiasm will be missed.”