Friday, April 06, 2018

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Penguin Random House ceo Markus Dohle announced Thursday morning that Penguin Publishing Group president Madeline McIntosh has been made ceo of Penguin Random House US, still reporting to Dohle. "This appointment aligns our structure in the US with that of the rest of our territories," Dohle writes. He notes that, "Over the past three and a half years, Madeline's decisive leadership and creative instincts for compelling stories and ideas have ensured a smooth and successful transformation of the Penguin business. She is now one of the most well-rounded and experienced executives in publishing."

All of the US publishing groups will report to McIntosh, along with operations, sales, and the author platforms & digital publishing development team, including the audio publishing business. (Communications, corporate development, human resources, finance/M&A, and legal all continue to report to Dohle.) Looking forward, Dohle writes that, "Over the next five years, we will strive to further grow our publishing business in the U.S. and internationally, especially in growth regions and emerging markets. Given this strategy and the size and importance of the US business for Penguin Random House worldwide, now is the right time for dedicated leadership in our US market."

Current svp, strategy and finance Allison Dobson is promoted to take over as president of Penguin Publishing Group, effective immediately. McIntosh writes of Penguin, "Having worked together over the past few years through many organizational and market-driven changes, this team has come out the other side with a strong, stable structure and with invigorated employee and author talent; they are well positioned now to focus on the future." Dobson's "finely balanced strategic and emotional intelligence, coupled with her passionate enthusiasm for our publishing mission, has made her an invaluable partner not just for me, but also for the Penguin publishers as we’ve worked together to refine and strengthen our lists and business performance over these past few years. Her quick, analytical mind enables her to take the lead in simplifying and resolving complex situations."

In other personnel news,
Jaime Levine will join Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on April 30 as senior editor focusing on acquiring psychological suspense, thrillers, and mysteries.

Theresa Collier
has been promoted to senior manager, publicity and marketing at Artisan Books.

At Sourcebooks, Jillian Rahn has been promoted to associate art director.

The Guggenheim Fellows were
named for 2018, including fiction writers Rachel Cusk, Andrew Sean Greer, Lauren Groff, Jennifer Haigh, Min Jin Lee, China Miéville, and Deb Olin Unferth; nonfiction writers Nicholson Baker, Teju Cole, Robert Finch, Roxane Gay, Jane Kamensky, John Jeremiah Sullivan, and Lily Tuck; and nine poets.

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