Random House Publishing Group is merging Ballantine and Bantam Dell into one group, Ballantine Bantam Dell, combining the two independent editorial departments into one. Ballantine senior vice-president and publisher Libby McGuire will helm the new division; Nita Taublib, executive vice-president, publisher, and editor-in-chief of Bantam Dell, will “step down.” Random House Publishing Group president Gina Centrello said she was saddened to see Taublib go, calling her “a one-of-a-kind editor.”
Jennifer Hershey will become editor-in-chief of BBD, with Ballantine editorial director Linda Marrow and Bantam editorial director Kate Miciak reporting to her. Del Rey/Spectra publisher Scott Shannon will add duties as mass market publisher for the new group, with Kim Hovey as associate publisher; both will report to McGuire.
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