Nicola bartels will join the kindergarten at the end of the 1st semester. July rowohlt publisher and successor to florian illies. This was announced by the rowohlt verlag in hamburg.
Bartels (50) has previously worked as a publisher for penguin, blanvalet and cbj, among others. "With nicola bartels, we have been able to win a successor who is an excellent choice for rowohlt in view of her successful programming work as a publisher, her many years of extensive publishing experience, and her team-oriented management style," said stefan von holtzbrinck, head of the holtzbrinck group, of which rowohlt is a part.
After studying german, english and journalism, bartels worked as an editor, then as program manager for fiction and nonfiction at bastei lubbe. 2009 she moved to random house in munich. In 2014, she was appointed to the management board of the random house publishing group as a publisher.
"I am very much looking forward to rowohlt. First of all, because this house has a long tradition and a program of excellent quality and strength, including many authors that I have been reading and following for a long time – with great pleasure," said bartels. "In addition, the new task also offers me the opportunity to turn more strongly to my passion again, the design of programs and the work with authors"."
Florian illies said: "that nicola bartels will succeed me as publisher at the helm of rowohlt in the summer makes me particularly happy for this important publishing house."Illies (48, "generation golf," "1913") announced a week ago that he would be leaving the long-established hamburger-based publisher. He had only taken over the publishing management at the beginning of 2019. Previously, publisher barbara laugwitz, who had been in office since 2014, had to leave – which had led to protests among some of the company’s writers.
"I female, it was only a short time at the head of this great house. But after careful consideration, i decided to take a different path and devote myself to writing," illies said, according to a press release.
Rowohlt verlag publishes books by authors such as daniel kehlmann, martin walser, eckart von hirschhausen and jojo moyes. At the beginning of 2019, the publishing house had moved from reinbek to hamburg.