NavPress, the publishing arm of the U.S.-based Navigators, announces that it has filled an important position in its marketing department with the hiring of Tom Lathrop. In his new role as marketing manager, Tom will develop marketing plans to promote key titles to the trade and direct markets as well as be involved with project management. Tom comes to NavPress from Word Distribution where he served for 11 years. He also has more than 19 years of experience working in and with the Christian retail industry. "We are thrilled to have Tom join NavPress,” says Julie Langmade, NavPress director of marketing. “His background in retail sales and his attention to detail will be a great enhancement to our current marketing team."