WMA books London chief

Ex-Harper exec to expand agency's European biz

A correction was made to this article at 2:53 p.m.

LONDON — The William Morris Agency has hired Caroline Michel from Harper Press to head its London office.

As managing director of WMA’s U.K. division, she will be responsible for expanding the agency’s business across Europe.

Michel will act as a literary agent, representing clients including John Berendt, Alice Munro, Kathy Reichs and Anita Shreve, while also overseeing the TV, theater and film activities of the London office.

Michel was managing director and publisher of Harper Press, the literary division of HarperCollins, for the past two years. She was previously a founding director of Bloomsbury Publishing and published the Vintage paperbacks at Random House for 10 years.

She is a governor of the British Film Institute, a member of the PEN executive committee and served on the Man Booker Prize advisory committee for seven years.

At WMA, she will report to chief operating officer Irving J. Weintraub, and as a literary agent she will report to Jennifer Rudolph Walsh and Suzanne Gluck, co-heads of the worldwide lit department.

Michel said: “This is a wonderful time to be joining William Morris. With its visionary leadership, scale and penetrating reach into the worlds of books, film, television and theater, there is, I believe, a fantastic opportunity to develop their business at a moment when all these worlds are connecting.”

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