North made Quercus m.d.

North made Quercus m.d.

David North has been appointed the new m.d. of Quercus.

The publisher has been bought by Hodder & Stoughton, with the deal due to be finalised this month.

Quercus will become a separate division of Hachette UK alongside Hodder & Stoughton and Headline, under the management of Jamie Hodder-Williams.

North, whose new role takes effect immediately, joined Quercus in 2008 and most recently held the post of executive director responsible for all publishing across the group.

Hodder-Williams said: “I am delighted that David has agreed to become managing director of Quercus. We have already started working together and I am looking forward to working with him and his colleagues as we develop our plans to build on Quercus’ reputation as an outstanding publisher.”

North said: “I look forward to working closely with Jamie and our new colleagues at Hodder to integrate the company successfully and to create exciting new plans for Quercus which will lead to success for our authors and the further development of our publishing activities.”

Last month Hodder & Stoughton announced that all the conditions of its offer to buy Quercus had been met, and that Mark Smith, chief executive of Quercus, was to leave the publisher.