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Jonathan Burnham and Liate Stehlik Promoted

New York, N.Y., (January 19, 2018)—HarperCollins Publishers today announced that Michael Morrison, President and Publisher, U.S. General Books Group, has decided not to renew his contract. He will be leaving the company at the end of the month. Following his departure, Jonathan Burnham and Liate Stehlik will be promoted to President and Publisher of their respective groups, more closely aligning the management structure, roles, and responsibilities with the company's global strategy. They will sit on the global executive committee and report directly to President and CEO Brian Murray.

"I've worked with Michael for 19 years. In that time, he has run an extremely successful publishing division in the most challenging and competitive segments of trade, during the most tumultuous period of digital evolution. Under his guidance, the division published books that won hundreds of literary prizes, sold millions of copies, and impacted our culture in numerous ways," said Murray. "Michael has been a positive force for authors and employees at HarperCollins throughout his tenure. We are grateful for all his contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors."

"After 35 years of going to a Manhattan skyscraper every day, I thought it was about time I experienced a different life," said Morrison.

Morrison joined HarperCollins in January 1999 as Vice President, Associate Publisher. He also served as Executive Vice President, Publisher of Morrow/Avon and President and Group Publisher of the HarperMorrow division. Morrison has held roles across the publishing industry, from finance to marketing to sales at Bantam, Doubleday and Dell, Simon & Schuster and Random House. While at Random House, he rose to the position of Sales Director of the Knopf/Vintage Group and ran the RandomHouseAudio Division before moving to HarperCollins.

Jonathan Burnham will be promoted to President and Publisher, Harper, overseeing Harper, Harper Paperbacks, Harper Perennial, Harper Business, Harper Design, Harper Wave, Broadside Books, Amistad, and Ecco.

Liate Stehlik will be promoted to President and Publisher, William Morrow/Avon, overseeing William Morrow, Avon, Dey Street, Harper Voyager, and Custom House.

"As our strategy has shifted towards greater global growth and as we have expanded our trade publishing program across 24 countries and 17 languages, it's imperative that our management organization, roles and responsibilities align with our overall approach," added Murray. "This new structure will allow us to better serve our authors and achieve our publishing and business objectives. I am excited to work directly with Jonathan and Liate to accelerate our investments and growth plans. They are both extremely talented executives and strong publishers who will now be closely involved in setting global priorities and helping to identify emerging authors for all HarperCollins markets around the world."

About HarperCollins

HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 18 countries. With 200 years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 17 languages, and has a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) and can be visited online at


January 19, 2018


Erin Crum




  • Erin Crum
  • Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
  • HarperCollins Publishers
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