HarperCollins merges sales

Consolidation eliminates 35 jobs

The News Corp.-owned publishing giant HarperCollins has merged its sales department with the sales divisions of its newly acquired imprint William Morrow and Avon Books into one unit.

The consolidation has eliminated 35 jobs, effective immediately.

According to a HarperCollins spokesperson, the consolidation of the three sales departments is the final step in the merger, and there will be no further large-scale layoffs.

The new sales department will be divided into five groups: trade sales, headed by Josh Marwell; children’s sales, under Andrea Pappenheimer; mass market sales, topped by Lisa Rasmussen; Harper enterprises, headed by Frank Fochetta; and sales operations, under Jeff Meltzer.

All the division heads will report to general book sales president Theresa Burke, with Burke reporting to HarperCollins prexy and CEO Jane Friedman.

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