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Cooke resigns from New Holland

New Zealand publisher New Holland has announced that Belinda Cooke has resigned from the company after 16 years as managing director.

The publisher said in a statement that Cooke is ‘planning a long summer sabbatical before she takes her career in a fresh direction in 2015’.

‘Under Belinda’s leadership, the New Zealand business has grown from a small import-only operation when it opened in early 1998, to the dynamic company it is today, with a very solid local publishing list of some two hundred titles and several significant international agencies,’ said the publisher.

New Holland’s sales administration manager Toni Hayman, who has been with the company for 15 years, has also resigned to ‘take on new challenges’.

Cooke and Hayman will finish up on 11 December and ‘an announcement regarding replacement roles at New Holland will be made in the New Year’.

New Holland also announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with PDL following the announcement that the Random House New Zealand warehouse will close in March 2015, ensuring that ‘New Holland’s stock and that of its agencies will remain in New Zealand’. All orders will be processed by PDL from 1 April 2015.



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