New Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch has wasted little time building his own executive team and filling a role vacant at the company since the departure of Ken Michaels, who left Hachette in August to become global chief operating officer at Macmillan Science and Education.
Pietsch has named long-time Perseus executive Joe Mangan as COO, the position left vacant by Michaels. Mangan was also COO at Perseus. Under his ten-year tenure, Perseus launched Constellation, a digital distribution service, to add to the company’s print distribution services. Prior to Perseus, Mangan was a managing director at Razorfish, an advertising firm. He started his career in consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton and has an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Mangan, 52, will oversee distribution, fulfillment, production and manufacturing, strategic planning, IT, and managing editorial, according to a Hachette spokesperson.
A transition is already underway at Perseus. Chief financial officer Charles Gallagher will absorb some of Mangan’s responsibilities and be promoted to chief operating offer for Perseus on January 1, according to Publishers Lunch.
Pietsch has been CEO of Hachette since April 2013.
Joe Mangan will join HBG as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, starting on February 3.
Michael Pietsch, HBG’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “I’m thrilled to welcome Joe to HBG. For the past ten years, as COO at Perseus Books, he has built a remarkable record of success, focused on growth, IT opportunities, digital transformation, distribution, and efficiency. Joe’s reputation is one of the best in our industry, and his skills, trade publishing experience, and leadership style are a perfect match for HBG. With his deep expertise in IT and vision for our digital future, his wealth of experience building distribution businesses, and his insight into strategic business development, Joe will be a tremendous asset for us.”
Joe Mangan added, “I am excited about the new challenges and opportunities that joining Hachette brings, and feel strongly that this is a unique opportunity for me to bring my skills and experience to a top-flight management team in a symbiotic way.”