Jennifer Gott named associate publisher and Kristi Smith appointed senior director, marketing for Gift books
Tenn. (November 18, 2019) – HarperCollins Christian Publishing (HCCP) last week
appointed Jennifer Gott as the new associate publisher and Kristi Smith as senior
marketing director for the Gift book publishing imprints, Thomas Nelson Gift
and Zondervan Gift.
week HarperCollins Christian Publishing and HarperCollins Focus announced
together a new operational structure for a cohesive Children’s and Gift group,
with Laura Minchew leading the strategy as the senior vice president and group
publisher. Under the new structure, Gott will report directly to Minchew and
Smith will report to Michael Aulisio, the v-p of Marketing for the group. Both
Gott and Smith will focus their efforts on HCCP’s Gift books, which are
beautiful, high designed products such as devotionals, journals, lifestyle and traditional
is a twenty-year publishing veteran and has been with HCCP since 2011, most
recently servicing as the editorial director for Tommy Nelson and Thomas Nelson
and Zondervan Gift books. In this role she directed the editorial strategy for
authors including Sarah Young, Emily Ley, Sadie Robertson, and Louie Giglio, as
well as bestselling Jesus Calling brands which together have sold more than 30
her new role of associate publisher, Gott will oversee editorial and
acquisitions for the Gift team, work with key authors, develop strategy, and maintain
the budget for Zondervan Gift and Thomas Nelson Gift.
has done fabulous work in mentoring and managing the editorial team, setting
processes for workflow, and helping to deliver excellent books,” said
Laura Minchew, senior v-p, Children’s and Gift Group publisher. “She has
wonderful rapport with key authors and brands, and I can’t wait to see her step
into her new role as associate publisher.”
also a twenty-year publishing veteran, joins the Gift team from her previous
role as marketing director for W Publishing, a non-fiction imprint of Thomas
Nelson. Throughout her tenure, Smith has led marketing campaigns and brand
development projects for high-profile authors including Billy Graham, Kathie
Lee Gifford, Dr. David Jeremiah, and more.
As senior director of marketing for Gift books,
Smith will cultivate author and agent relationships, spearhead strategic
marketing plans, and work creatively to discover new markets for products.
team could not be more excited to have Kristi join us. Kristi’s passion
for the mission of inspiring lives has long driven her tremendous career with W
Publishing and shows through in her marketing excellence and deep
relationships,” said Michael Aulisio, v-p marketing, children’s and gift
books. We absolutely can’t wait for her enthusiastic leadership and creativity
to be applied to our gift books and authors.”
is the world’s leading Christian publisher and comprises both Thomas Nelson and
Zondervan publishing groups, in addition to Olive Tree Bible Software. The Company produces bestselling Bibles,
inspirational books, academic resources, curriculum, audio and digital content
for the Christian market space. Also
home to BibleGateway.com, the world’s largest Christian website, and
FaithGateway.com, an online community dedicated to helping people grow in their
faith. HarperCollins Christian Publishing is headquartered in Nashville, TN
with additional offices in the U.S. and Mexico.
For more information visit www.HarperCollinsChristian.com.
HarperCollins Focus, LLC. owns and operates a collection of publishing imprints, that enlighten and empower readers to transform their hearts and minds, connecting through story, advice, mentorship and community. The company is based in Nashville, TN. For more information, visit www.HarperCollinsFocus.com.
Contact: Casey Harrell, Senior Director