HarperCollins has hired Claire Ward as fiction art director, joining from Transworld where she has worked for 25 years.
Ward, who will begin at HarperCollins in July, has designed covers for titles such as Before I Go to Sleep, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, The Book Thief and The Girl on the Train. She has worked across several fiction genres, including women's fiction, crime, fantasy and the literary and book club market.
She will report to associate publisher Roger Cazalet. Harry Steadman, who has been art director full time at the publisher since May 2014, will return to being a freelancer.
Cazalet said: "Claire is one of the best designers of commercial fiction covers in the business, with a string of top-bestsellers in her portfolio. She designs confidently across all areas, so is a particularly good fit for the broad range of our publishing at HarperFiction."
Ward said: "After 25 years of working at Transworld, moving to HarperCollins has been one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make. But I am very excited at the prospect of a new challenge, a new list and working with a different set of colleagues who are as excited about publishing as I am."