Evan Schnittman, e.v.p, chief marketing and sales officer at Hachette Book Group (HBG) in the US, is to leave the company.
Scnittman joined HBG in 2012, from Bloomsbury UK, where he was m.d., group sales and marketing, print and digital.
Publishers Lunch reported that Schnittman’s role at HBG is being “eliminated”, with Chris Murphy promoted to s.v.p., group sales director. Murphy will also join the company's executive board.
Michael Pietsch, HBG c.e.o., said Schnittman was "a powerful agent of change” and had “improved HBG's sales processes and organisation greatly”.
“Evan brought the sales group into closer collaboration with our publishing groups than ever before,” Pietsch continued. “He combined digital and physical book sales, created the sales strategy and operations group, and modernised our approach to sales conferences, coop, and catalogs. He worked with HBG’s publishers to remake our approach to advertising, and partnered with Hachette UK on a combined and expanded international sales team. In a time of rapid technological change, he has kept Hachette's sales group in the vanguard."