Niamh Murray has been promoted to the role of campaigns director at Profile Books. Meanwhile Alex Elam, currently head of rights at A M Heath, has been recruited to the role of rights director at the independent press.
Previously the press' marketing director, Murray will fulfill the newly created role of campaigns director with immediate effect. She has led the marketing team's campaigns for nine years, and, more recently, the art department, working across all imprints and genres. She has now been appointed to the company’s six person executive, continuing to report to Profile Books m.d. Andrew Franklin. The marketing, publicity and art departments will now report to her.
Murray said: "It seems I have Profile in my blood. We share, I hope, a fiercely independent nature, wide and varied taste in books, huge respect for our authors and people and a sense of camaraderie and fun. I always said I'd leave Profile when I got bored: no sign of that yet. I'm delighted to be stepping up and looking forward to the brilliant publishing ahead."
Elam will succeed Penny Daniel who is moving into a new role as executive editor. Elam is currently at A M Heath as maternity cover for the rights director. She was previously in the rights department at PRH for many years, latterly as head of rights for the Penguin Press, Penguin General and Michael Joseph divisions. She will have a staggered start at Profile working one day a week commencing Wednesday 17th February, continuing to work at A M Heath, until moving full-time to Profile from Tuesday 4th May. She will report to Serpent’s Tail publisher Hannah Westland. Commenting on the role, Elam said: "I couldn’t be more excited to be joining Profile and to have the opportunity to direct the matchmaking of their wonderful books with the best international editors. I hugely admire Profile’s independent spirit and excellent taste and I look forward very much to working with such a talented team."
Addressing the promotions, Franklin said: "It is always a pleasure to be able to promote internally and it is exciting to bring in new people from outside too. So the promotion of Niamh, who has done so much to make so many of our books into bestsellers through her brilliant marketing campaigns to such a senior post, and bringing in Alex, whose stellar reputation in the world of international rights precedes her, is a double pleasure."