Becky Saletan Named Publisher of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade, Janet Silver Out

A press release from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt just went out announcing that Becky Saletan, who was previously the publisher of Harcourt Trade, has been appointed vice president and publisher of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Adult Trade.

Janet Silver, meanwhile, is out as vice president and publisher of Houghton Mifflin. She’d been with the company for 24 years, according to HM publicity director Lori Glazer, and spent seven of those as publisher of adult trade.

The shake-up comes as a result of Houghton Mifflin Riverdeep’s acquisition of Harcourt’s trade and education divisions, which was announced last summer and completed in December.

Ms. Silver follows soon-to-be-former Harcourt Trade president and CEO Dan Farley out the door; Mr. Farley will vacate his post at the end of the month, he told Media Mob over the phone this afternoon, leaving Gary Gentel, who was previously the acting president of Houghton Mifflin trade and reference, at the helm of the newly merged company.

The press release from HMH about Ms. Saletan’s appointment reproduced after the jump.


Becky Saletan Named Senior Vice President, Publisher of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Adult Trade Books

Gary Gentel, President of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Trade & Reference Division, announced today that Becky Saletan has been appointed Senior Vice President, Publisher of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Adult Trade Books.

In this expanded role, Saletan will direct all Houghton and Harcourt Adult Trade publishing, which includes both adult lines, the trade paperback programs, field guides and cookbooks. She brings a wealth of experience to this position, having served as Publisher of Harcourt Trade since 2006, and prior to that Editor-in-Chief of the imprint since 2004. Saletan began her career at Yale University Press and spent time at Random House and S&S; prior to Harcourt, she was Editorial Director at FSG’s North Point Press.

Says Gentel, “There’s an exciting future ahead for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Adult Books with Becky Saletan at its helm. Highly regarded in the industry, Becky brings an innovative sensibility to publishing that will be important to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as we continue what we do well, and look for ways to expand our programs in bold new directions.”