Cally Poplak, executive publisher at Farshore, will take on additional responsibility for HarperCollins’ children’s books division following Ann-Janine Murtagh’s decision to leave the company.
HarperCollins stressed that the two divisions will continue to operate separately and there are no plans to merge them.
Poplak joined HarperCollins as part of the acquisition of Egmont Books in May 2020. She previously worked at Hodder & Stoughton and then Reed Children’s Books before its acquisition by Egmont, where she served as a fiction editor. From 2015 until its acquisition by HarperCollins, she was Managing Director of Egmont UK, responsible for the combined books and magazines business.
At Farshore, she publishes some of the world’s greatest children’s authors, brands and classics, including Michael Morpurgo, Lemony Snicket, Jamila Gavin, Holly Jackson, David Levithan and Tahereh Mafi, Minecraft, Roblox and Pokemon as well as Winnie-the-Pooh . , Mr Men Little Miss and Thomas & Friends.
HarperCollins CEO Charlie Redmayne said: “We are very sad to see Ann-Janine leaving HarperCollins and wish her well in her new endeavors. Cally has proven herself to be a truly exceptional leader in children’s publishing. I couldn’t think of a better person to look after HarperCollins Children’s Books and build on the success the division has had for over a decade. The divisions will continue to be separate entities to give us the best opportunity to continue to grow our overall children’s offering.
Poplak added, “After two fantastic years at HarperCollins, where Farshore experienced fantastic year-over-year growth, with sales and success in all areas of the portfolio – picture books, fiction, YA and trademarks and licensing – I am thrilled to have this opportunity to lead the hugely successful HarperCollins Children’s division alongside Farshore.
“I look forward to growing the HarperCollins Children’s business by making the most of the advantages we have with two distinct children’s divisions, providing authors, illustrators and licensors with the widest range of talent and taste in in publishing, and responding to all readers and buyers of children’s books. ”