Simon and Schuster UK today announces that Alexandra Maramenides will be joining as Managing Director, Children’s Publishing Division.
Reporting to Ian Chapman, CEO and Publisher, Alexandra will take responsibility for the strategic direction of the children’s division, building the creative focus of the list and looking for commercial opportunities to grow the business. Working closely with Simon & Schuster’s international teams on global titles and projects, Alexandra will also join the UK senior management team.
Ian Chapman, CEO and Publisher, Simon & Schuster UK, said “Our children’s division has shown significant growth in recent years, cementing a reputation for high quality publishing with a distinctive and ambitious list. With her wealth of global experience and forward-thinking approach, Alexandra will undoubtedly help us continue that success in a buoyant children’s market”.
Alexandra Maramenides said “I am thrilled to be joining Simon and Schuster. I have such respect and admiration for this dynamic business, the talented people and successful publishing lists, and I am thoroughly looking forward to being part of it again in the New Year”
Alexandra joins Simon & Schuster UK from the Bonnier Group, where she was Managing Director of The Five Mile Press and Echo Publishing in Australia. Prior to this, Alexandra worked in a number of high-profile positions for leading publishers including Phaidon, The Watts Publishing Group (now part of Hachette) and Simon & Schuster UK. In her career she has worked with brands such as Sesame Street and Mattel, major authors including Lauren Child and Ben Cort, and helped develop new talent including Jedda Robaard and Natalie Marshall. She will start her new role in February 2016.
Simon & Schuster Children’s is home to best-selling authors, award-winning titles and hugely popular brands, publishing across fiction, illustrated and licensing. Some recent hits include series such as the Dork Diaries by Rachel Renèe Russell and the Aliens Love Underpants books by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort, picture books from Benji Davies and Sue Hendra, plus fiction from Darren Shan and Danny Wallace, as well as licensed titles including Thunderbirds. There are new, upcoming books from many of these authors plus major titles from Philippa Gregory and Sophie McKenzie, as well as the first Cassandra Clare book for Simon & Schuster UK.
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