Sophie Stericker, currently art director at Orchard Books, will next year take on the role of creative director of the newly formed Hachette Children’s Group (HCG).
Hachette UK is to merge its three children’s businesses - Hachette Children’s Books, Orion Children’s Publishing and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers – into one division on the 1st January, with Egmont's Hilary Murray Hill becoming its c.e.o.
In her new role Stericker will be responsible for the creative strategy of all aspects of HCG’s publishing and will represent art and design on the HGC board.
Marlene Johnson, m.d. of Hachette Children’s Books, said: “We have a wonderful reputation for excellent design across the divisions and wish to build upon that reputation whilst at the same time making better use of the resources, systems and technology at our disposal. The creation of the enlarged division has given us the opportunity to look at how we do things and we have decided to put design under a single management, whilst at the same time retaining the divisional focus which has served us and our authors well over a number of years.”
Before joining Orchard Books, Sophie was art director for Egmont Publishing and creative and new product development director at HarperCollins Children’s Books.