May 18-25, 2006 Edition

Oxford Press

Merges Trade

Academic Divisions

Oxford, England/5/17/06—Oxford University Press will merge its U.S. trade and academic divisions under the direction of publisher Niko Pfund.

As a result, three staff members will depart, including trade publisher Ellen Chadosh, executive vice president and COO Barbara Wasserman, and director of sales Michael Burken. Earlier this year, Tim Barton replaced departing OUP president Laura Brown, who resigned.

The restructuring is designed to bolster the publisher’s strength in both the trade and economic markets. A spokesman for OUP said the publisher’s list will not be affected by the staff and internal changes and that the move is not about cutting back on finances. He said the restructuring would enable the company to better assess and react to trends in the marketplace.

The sales and marketing departments of both divisions have been merged and a new technology group has been launched with Joan Bossert as publisher of brain Sciences, Medicine and Social Work. Bossert formerly was an associate publisher.