Jean Whitnall leaves Hodder
In a message to trade partners issued 23 April 2010, Hodder Faith have announced the departure of Sales and Trade Marketing Director Jean Whitnall “to pursue a portfolio of new interests.” Exactly what those interests are has yet to be revealed but booksellers and other colleagues are promised “a fulsome farewell” to Jean at the Retailers and Suppliers Retreat in May.
My thanks to Jean for her support over the years and my best wishes for wherever the future takes her.
Lucy Hale, Sales Director, writes:
After 13 very successful years with the Hodder Faith team Jean Whitnall has decided to leave Hodder in order to pursue a portfolio of new interests. We are extremely sorry to lose her as she has been a key member of the Faith team during a transformative time for the business. Jean has worked successfully over the years to build strong relationships on behalf of Hodder Faith within the Christian trade, proving herself to be both a positive and popular ambassador for the company.
She has been instrumental in securing the position of the NIV Bible as the most popular Bible in the trade, and in fuelling the groundswell of enthusiasm that has led The Shack to sell over 500,000 copies in our markets alone. Jean will leave us after CBC in May where we will have a fulsome farewell.
Hodder plan to recruit for a replacement soon, but in the meantime any queries should be addressed to Lucy: contact details in the full announcement (pdf, 70kb). You can also find Hodder Faith on facebook or follow them on twitter @hodderfaith.
Tom Wright returns to academia
By an ironic twist of timing, just as Jean prepares to move on from her role as Hodder’s champion of the NIV, news has emerged that NIV arch-critic, Bishop Tom Wright — who describes the NIV as “a visibly and demonstrably flawed translation” — is also preparing to move on, retiring as Bishop of Durham to return to academia and pursue his “vocation to be a writer, teacher and broadcaster”. Whether the Bishop’s new role as Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, will really allow him to focus on his writing remains to be seen, but given his antipathy to the NIV I guess it’s unlikely that we’ll see him switch publishers from SPCK to Hodder or Zondervan (who publish the NIV in the USA) anytime soon…