S&S change sales and children's staff

S&S change sales and children's staff

Simon & Schuster has promoted Gill Richardson to the role of sales director, as Elv Moody steps down from the position of editorial director of children's fiction.

Richardson, who took up her new role yesterday, was promoted from her position as UK sales director. She is now responsible for all sales, including adult and children’s trade, international, digital and third party publishing, and will coordinate sales between the UK, Australia, India and the US. Richardson's appointment comes after James Horobin stepped down as the company's group sales, marketing and publicity director last month. 

Chief executive and publisher Ian Chapman said: “Over the years she has consistently demonstrated great capability and performance as a sales professional and leader, with a number of promotions before her current role of UK Sales Director. We are fortunate to have such a strong and capable professional in Gill; she has been key to the growth of the business, particularly increasing sales of our physical product and building strong customer relationships.

“More recently Gill has helped achieve bestselling sales records of our authors, notably Tom Rob Smith, Santa Montefiore and Philippa Gregory.”

Richardson joined S&S in 1999 in the position of Northern sales representative.

Chapman also confirmed that Moody has resigned from Simon & Schuster for personal reasons.

Her resignation comes four months after children’s m.d. Ingrid Selberg left the company, and Chapman, who is currently looking after the business, told The Bookseller he is actively looking for someone to run the children’s department.

“We are probably looking to make one hire but what is important is what is right for the business,” he said.