Books Etc axes chief in company reshuffle

Books Etc, the book chain, has made its head of marketing redundant in the midst of expansion plans.

Corrine Gotch has been with the company for two years, following a 14-year career in publishing.

A statement from Books Etc says the redundancy is necessary because of restructuring within the company and adds “following the demise of the Net Book Agreement the company intends to create a totally integrated product and marketing function”. The product side of the role is expected to involve negotiations with publishers.

Books Etc is expected to appoint someone to fill the new position in the next few weeks.

The company is planning to open a number of stores outside its London heartland. It has also introduced a number of innovations including the opening of an Aroma coffee shop in its flagship store on London’s Charing Cross Road, and readings by celebrity authors.

It was the first book retailer to offer a money-back guarantee on any book sold if the reader does not like it.

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