HarperCollins' group digital director Nick Perrett is to leave the publisher later this month. Perrett, who began at HarperCollins in October 2012, will be leaving on 20th February to pursue a new opportunity.
Executive children's publisher Ann-Janine Murtagh will now take on day-to-day running of the digital team, in addition to her current role. Perrett will support her in the role over the next month through the transition.
HarperCollins UK c.e.o. Charlie Redmayne said: "I would like to thank Nick for his contribution to the business, Nick is a talented and innovative executive, his business acumen combined with his unique knowledge and insight into where technology and media are going have been invaluable to HarperCollins. During his time here, our digital business has gone from strength to strength, with strong growth in digital channels, new business models for our content, award winning digital products and partnerships with technology giants, like Samsung, significant growth in our owned digital audience and some great hires to the digital team. He will be much missed."
Perrett joined HarperCollins from his role as executive vice president of corporate development at Jagex, the owner and operator of online game Runescape. Simon Johnson, former HarperCollins m.d. who left the business in October last year, said Perrett would be "a disruptor".
Perrett said: "I believe every media business is now also a technology business; my goal in coming to HarperCollins was to embed that philosophy into the business and bring digital to the heart of the content organisation. The company is well positioned to take digital to the next level and I wish all my colleagues the very best on their continued digital transition."
Murtagh's new role will see her "lead and drive overall strategy" and further integrate digital and content. Redmayne said: "She has an exemplary track record in leading teams and driving forward business growth and will greatly enhance our already successful digital initiatives."