Effective August 6, Alison Lazarus will join Hachette Book Group as executive v-p, director of sales, reporting to CEO Michael Pietsch and joining the executive management board. She has been president of the sales division at Macmillan for more than 20 years and earlier held executive sales positions at Random House, including v-p of adult trade sales.
Pietsch commented: "Alison Lazarus is one of the most highly respected leaders in our industry, and I'm thrilled to welcome her to Hachette Book Group, where her breadth of experience and strategic vision will be invaluable. I'm excited for Alison to work closely with our outstanding sales team, our publishing divisions, and our executive management board, as we continue to grow our sales, improve our sales operations, and find new physical and digital markets for our authors' books."
Also effective August 6, Chris Murphy is becoming senior v-p, retail sales, at Hachette. Since December 2014, he has been senior v-p, group sales director.
Pietsch said that Murphy is "returning to a job that he did superbly in the past, which is wonderful news for HBG. Chris possesses vast experience, is deeply respected by accounts, by colleagues, and by our authors. I appreciate enormously Chris's contributions to HBG, and am very grateful for his decision to step into this important sales leadership position. I am certain that in this role, Chris will continue to play a major part in HBG's future."