HarperCollins Buys AMACOM's Trade Book Assets

HarperCollins has bought the trade book assets of AMACOM from the American Management Association International and is taking over all of the more than 600 frontlist and backlist books in AMACOM's catalogue. AMACOM, which specializes in personal and professional growth and business leadership, will become part of the recently launched HarperCollins Leadership imprint, whose headquarters are in HarperCollins's Nashville, Tenn., offices.

"Business, management and leadership are key growth areas for HarperCollins internationally," HarperCollins president and CEO Brian Murray said. "The purchase of AMACOM's trade publishing will allow us to broaden our catalogue of books with potential in emerging markets, from Asia to South America. It is a natural fit for our expanding publishing programs."

Manny Avramidis, president and CEO of AMA, said, "I am confident that HarperCollins is well-positioned to take AMACOM's world-class authors and title list to the next level. AMA will continue to focus on a strategic expansion of its core business, best-in-class professional training and development."

Jeff James, v-p and publisher of HarperCollins Leadership, will head AMACOM's business development, marketing and editorial. He commented: "Acquiring AMACOM books extends our connectivity with the business professional audience and gives us a deeper product offering in this highly sought-after segment. We are excited to represent the highly-accessible content found in titles like The First-Time Manager, Just Listen, and Paul Falcone's well-known 2600 Phrases series."

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