Murtagh to take over at HarperCollins Children's from Santos

HarperCollins Children's Books m.d. Mario Santos is leaving the publisher at the end of June to "pursue other career opportunities". Publisher Ann-Janine Murtagh has been promoted to take overall publishing and business responsibility of the children's division. She will report to HarperCollins c.e.o Victoria Barnsley.

Alison Ruane, former HC children's marketing director, has been promoted to associate publisher. She will be responsible for providing "a stronger connection between editorial, sales and marketing". Publicity director Geraldine Stroud has been promoted to PR director. Stroud and Ruane will report to Murtagh and all of the changes will be effective from 1st July.

Barnsley said: "Mario has led the team superbly over the last four years and we are sorry to see him go but he leaves in place a very successful division and a fantastic leadership team to really build on the last few years. Ann-Janine has spotted and nurtured some of our best talent in her years at HarperCollins, including Michael Morpurgo, David Walliams and Lauren Child. She has a very strong team in Alison and Geraldine and I am confident they will continue to grow this thriving part of the business."

Santos said: "I will always be grateful to have had the chance to play a part in the huge successes that we have enjoyed over the last four years, but most of all to have been able to work with and lead some of the most talented and committed people in publishing. The beginning of our next financial year is the right time for the team led by Ann-Janine to take over and I have every confidence that they will be able to continue to build on all our recent achievements. Although I am sad to be leaving, I look forward to admiring their work from a distance."