Jenny Lord promoted to Weidenfeld publisher

News - Publishing Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Alan Samson becomes chairman


At the Orion Publishing Group, Jenny Lord has been promoted to publisher, Weidenfeld & Nicolson. Alan Samson becomes W&N chairman, in addition to his role as non-fiction publisher.

The W&N commissioning team - Paul Murphy, Lettice Franklin and Federico Andornino - will report to Lord. She and Samson will report to Katie Espiner, Orion md.

Lord moved to W&N in September 2016, having been at Canongate and before that at Fig Tree. Since then, she has signed books by authors including Deborah Orr, Nesrine Malik, Mark Kermode, Julia Neuberger, Luke Turner, Malala Yousafzai, Philippe Sands and Adam Rutherford.

Samson's success for W&N have included books by Keith Richards, Roy Keane, Julie Walters, Simon Sebag Montefiore, Antonia Fraser and Antony Beevor.

Espiner said: "I am delighted that we are able to promote Jenny into this key role. She is an insightful, creative publisher and I know that under her leadership W&N will continue to go from strength to strength. W&N is one of the most beloved, prestigious and respected imprints in all of publishing. We have an extraordinary platform from which to build and grow, and I am excited about what the future holds."

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