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Mauro DiPreta joins Hachette Book Group as Publisher for new division, Hachette Books
Michael Pietsch, CEO of Hachette Book Group, announced today that Mauro DiPreta will join HBG as Vice President and Publisher of Hachette Books, a new publishing division that HBG will launch in 2014. Built on the foundation of the Hyperion backlist that HBG acquired in 2013, Hachette Books will be a new home for publishing across a broad spectrum of subjects and interests. As Publisher, DiPreta will be responsible for the division’s direction and publishing, overseeing a staff of editors, marketers, and designers, and will join HBG’s Executive Management Board. The existing Hyperion staff will report to him and become part of Hachette Books, and he will hire additional staff as necessary. The Hachette Books lineup will include narrative nonfiction, business, pop culture, science, health and wellness, humor, and some fiction.
DiPreta has spent more than two decades in the publishing industry and was most recently VP and Editor in Chief of Crown Archetype, an imprint at Penguin Random House. At Crown, DiPreta managed a team of editors and helped oversee the publishing program, with nearly 100 titles per year, across five imprints – Archetype, Harmony, Business, Forum, and Three Rivers Press. He acquired and edited numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Sum It Up by Pat Summitt (a #1 bestseller), Let Me Off at the Top! by Ron Burgundy, and League of Denial by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru. Prior to Crown, DiPreta spent 16 years at HarperCollins and William Morrow, where he acquired and edited the hugely successful Marley and Me by John Grogan, and many other bestselling books. Authors he has worked with include Yogi Berra, Jay Leno, Yoko Ono, Slash, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Archie and Peyton Manning, and Russell Brand. He will join HBG on March 31, 2014.
Michael Pietsch said, “Mauro DiPreta is renowned for his superb publishing instincts, leadership, collaboration, and editorial talent, and we are thrilled that he has chosen to join HBG to lead our new division. The Hyperion backlist provides the perfect base for Hachette Books, which will focus on non-fiction, an important growth area for HBG.
“Hyperion’s Interim Publisher, Martha Levin, has done a remarkable job completing the task she came here to accomplish, incorporating the Hyperion list, publishing books on the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 lists, and helping us integrate and get to know the great books and authors who make up the Hyperion list. She will continue in that role through March 2014, and we are all very grateful to her for all she has accomplished with her team, setting the new division up perfectly for its next phase. It’s also nice to welcome Mauro, who began his career as an editorial assistant at Warner Books in 1991, back to the company.”
Mauro DiPreta added, “I am both humbled and thrilled by the opportunity to start up Hachette Books, and I look forward to curating a list worthy of a namesake imprint.”