– Macmillan: Brian Napack is stepping down as president of Macmillan, effective the end of the year. In a letter to employees, he writes, “Over the past few months, I have been thinking a great deal about my goals for the future and about the many opportunities that exist in our rapidly changing markets. Simply said, I have decided to pursue some of these business opportunities from a different perspective.” According to publishing Trends, he will announce his new plans early in 2012.
– IGN Entertainment: David Martin is joining as CFO, effective January 3, 2012, reporting to President Roy Bahat. Most recently, Martin was CEO of Legend3D and earlier, CFO of Hollywood Entertainment Corp.
– HarperCollins: Dan Lubart is joining HarperCollins as SVP, Sales Analytics, a newly created position. His responsibilities will include collecting, evaluating and interpreting data on the publisher’s evolving e-book and print book sales. From this data, he will develop algorithms that will allow HC to develop pricing strategies that are “best aligned with publishing goals,” as well as customized plans for individual books. Lubart runs the blog E-Book Market View, which analyzes digital bestseller lists.
– Rodale: Anthony Astarita is joining Rodale as SVP, general manager of digital and new brand development, effective January 3, 2012. He will report to CEO Maria Rodale. He was VP, GM of e-commerce and digital products at Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS), and oversaw the division that created Nook.