Mitchell, Hum, Wood promoted at Hachette

News - Publishing Tuesday, 05 February 2019

Restructure of international sales department


Rob Manser, group sales director of Hachette UK, has announced a new structure for the company's international sales operations, with three members of the team promoted to varying international sales director roles. The restructure follows the move of Ben Wright to HarperCollins.

Abigail Mitchell (right) becomes international sales director for Asia, Africa, Middle East and Europe. Matt Cowdery, Paul Kenny, Robert Wiltshire and a new head of Europe, yet to be appointed, will report to her. Mitchell joined Hodder as international sales administrator in 2006, was promoted to manager a year later, and moved to Headline in 2011 before joining the newly set up international team in 2014. She became head of sales for Europe at the beginning of 2016.

Rachael Hum (left) becomes international sales director responsible for ANZ (exc Hodder & Stoughton, Headline, John Murray and Quercus), India and the Americas. Hachette said that the newly created role would "ensure we can offer a more joined-up approach to our international sister companies, in particular ANZ, creating a hub for Hachette Children's, Little, Brown, Octopus and Orion comparable to the hub Hodder, Headline, John Murray and Quercus have under Eleanor Wood". Hum joined Little, Brown as European sales manager in 2010, was promoted to export sales manager in 2011, and became head of export sales for Little, Brown and Orion in 2014. Simon McArt, Anna Kelsall, Rachel Graves' replacement, and Ellie Kyrke-Smith will report to her.

Eleanor Wood (right) is promoted to international sales and product director, continuing in her role managing all HHJQ international sales, with specific responsibility for ANZ, and taking on a strategic role with publishers to develop international-facing lists. She reports to Lucy Hale, deputy ceo of HHJQ (Hodder, Headline, John Murray and Quercus).

Manser said: "Our international sales teams have contributed an enormous amount to our very successful results in 2018 and I would like to thank everyone for this and for their performance over the years which has consistently been at the highest level."

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