A clutch of promotions have been made within the Hodder and John Murray Press publicity teams.
Yassine Belkacemi, a publicity assistant who joined as a Creative Access intern in 2014, has been promoted to the role of press officer in the JMP publicity team. Belkacemi was recently shortlisted by the PPC for its "Best Newcomer Award" in recognition of his "standout" publicity campaign for Andrew Michael Hurley's Costa First Novel winning debut The Loney. "Yassine will continue to develop JMP’s social media and will bring his enthusiasm and flair to a greater number of titles in 2016," said Hodder & Stoughton.
Rebecca Mundy, previously a press officer, has been promoted to publicity manager within the Hodder publicity team. Since joining in 2013, Mundy has played a "key" role in major campaigns including the launch of both Alex Ferguson books, for which she was recongised by Hodder for her "excellent negotiating and organisational skills". She has also driven sales through her campigns for Steph and Dom's Guide to Life and Joe Root. The Hodder publicity department will be recruiting a new publicity assistant.
Marketing and publicity manager Rachael Kichenside has been promoted to head of publicity and marketing for Hodder Faith. Kichenside joined Hodder Faith from the music industry in 2013 and is remarked upon for bringing "a new energy to the imprint’s online presence and specialist publicity and marketing needs" with her. "Standout" campaigns in the past year include Peter Stanford’s Judas, for which she was shortlisted for the PPC award for hardback non-fiction, and Jonathan Sacks’ Not in God's Name.
Ruby Mitchell will take on the role of publicity manager at John Murray Press meanwhile in April, to cover Lyndsey Ng’s maternity leave which will begin that month. She joined the Hodder publicity team in October 2015 from Hachette New Zealand, where she previously worked as publicity and marketing manager. Hodder commented she has "very quickly become a valued member of the team", working on both fiction and non-fiction campaigns.