Effective September 30, Christopher Goff is retiring as senior v-p and general counsel at HarperCollins. At the same time, William Adams, currently senior v-p, associate general counsel at Penguin Random House, is joining HarperCollins as general counsel worldwide.
HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray called Goff "a guiding force at HarperCollins for 28 years. He has played an integral role in the growth we've seen over the last decade. In addition, he has navigated some of the most interesting and challenging issues the publishing industry has faced in recent history. Chris's leadership has been a great asset to the organization and he will be greatly missed."
Goff, who joined the company in 1989, handling legal affairs for the children's book group, Zondervan and Lippincott, commented: "I have spent nearly three decades as part of the HarperCollins organization and it's been a wonderful experience. There have been many exciting challenges and opportunities, including in particular the advent and growth of digital publishing. I'm honored to have been part of the business."
Goff was promoted to deputy general counsel in 1997 and general counsel in 2004. He helped manage the company's acquisitions of Black Sparrow Press, Thomas Nelson and Harlequin.
Speaking of Adams, Murray said, "His extensive experience in the book and media industries makes him uniquely qualified for this expanded general counsel role. Our broad global footprint creates both new challenges and new opportunities. Bill will be instrumental in streamlining our legal and compliance strategy and execution around the world."
Adams said, "I've known Chris and members of his team for years and have the very highest regard for them and for HarperCollins. I could not be more excited to be stepping into this role and working with everyone in the New York office and worldwide."
Adams has spent 18 years in the legal department at PRH and earlier was an associate at Davis Wright Tremaine and at Debevoise and Plimpton.