Jon Butler is to leave Pan Macmillan to become the new m.d. of Hodder & Stoughton-owned Quercus, with current Quercus m.d. David North leaving once the “integration of Quercus into Hachette is completed”.
Robin Harvie, currently editorial director of Pan Macmillan’s sports list, will take on Butler’s role as non-fiction publisher at Pan Macmillan with immediate effect.
Butler [pictured] will leave Pan Macmillan at the end of January and join Quercus in July, reporting to Hodder & Stoughton c.e.o. Jamie Hodder-Williams. No date has been finalised for North’s departure, but it will be after Quercus has moved into the new Hachette UK building on Victoria Embankment.
Hodder & Stoughton bought Quercus in March 2014, with chief executive Mark Smith leaving the company after the deal was completed in May.
North was previously executive director responsible for all publishing at Quercus, and was made m.d. following Smith’s departure.
Hodder-Williams said: “I am very grateful to David for his enormous contribution to Quercus, both as executive publisher and latterly as managing director, and I have enjoyed seeing David’s publishing insight and great humour at first hand.
“He and I worked closely together to plan Quercus’ future, and this included helping with recruiting Jon – with whom David has worked – to take over as managing director.
“I am absolutely delighted that Jon is to join us. His publishing background gives him exactly the right experience to lead Quercus: he has published literary fiction and a really impressive cross section of literary and commercial non-fiction. We have a formidable publishing team at Quercus and Jon shares our ambitious plans.
“I am looking forward enormously to working with Jon and his new colleagues to bring these plans to fruition.”
Butler said: “After 10 immensely satisfying and happy years at Pan Macmillan, I shall be very sad to leave an amazing team of colleagues and authors behind.
“But the opportunity of this new role, helping to build on the extraordinary success and quality of Quercus’ publishing and to shape its future within Hachette, was simply too exciting to pass up.”
North said: “It has been an amazing six years at Quercus working alongside a hugely talented team of colleagues and authors. Having worked closely with Jamie to move forward the integration of Quercus into Hachette and with exciting plans for Quercus’ future now in place, I feel it is the right moment to take on a fresh challenge. I am enormously proud of what we have achieved and I know I am leaving the company in good hands.”
Harvie, who will report to Pan Macmillan adult publisher Jeremy Trevathan, joined the company from Aurum in October 2014 to build a sports and business list.
He will work alongside Carole Tonkinson, who was hired by Pan Macmillan last year to lead her own, as-yet-unnamed, non-fiction imprint focussing on parenting, inspirational memoir, wellness and self-realisation.
Harvie said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be taking over from Jon as publisher of the Pan Macmillan non-fiction list. He leaves a legacy of one of the strongest non-fiction lists in UK publishing, which has grown year on year against the UK non-fiction market. He and his brilliant team have created a list that is both hugely successful as well as being studded with literary gems. My ambition is to build on this legacy and we will be hiring additional editorial talent to enable this in the near future.”
Trevathan said: “We’ve enjoyed fantastic growth in our non-fiction publishing over the last few years under Jon’s leadership. We’re sorry to see him go, of course, and wish him all the best in his new life at Quercus. We have all been deeply impressed with Robin’s vision, confidence and energy since he joined us and I’m delighted that he has agreed to take over the helm. The breadth of his experience, across editorial and publicity as well as across genres, will be so helpful as we look to extend our model of internationally minded, brilliantly written narrative books to the strongest genres in the market.”
Anthony Forbes Watson, m.d. of Pan Macmillan, said: "The queasy non-fiction market presents a compelling publishing challenge and Robin’s breadth of interest, eye for quality and speed of thought are just what the doctor ordered. We wish Jon well and thank him for all he has achieved for the company.”