HarperCollins India Announces New CEO
Last week HarperCollins shared the news that P.M. Sukumar was stepping down as CEO of HarperCollins India to “pursue other interests.” On Tuesday the publisher announced that Ananth Padmanabhan will replace him, leaving his position at Penguin Random House where he was senior vice president of sales.
Along with the new hire, the publisher has formed a new HarperCollins India Board, which will include Padmanabhan, HarperCollins U.K. CEO Charlie Redmayne, managing director of Collins Learning Colin Hughes, finance director of HarperCollins U.K. Ed Kielbasiewicz, corporate development director of HarperCollins U.K. Alex Beecroft, and finance director of HarperCollins India Amit Abrol.
"I am delighted that Ananth is joining as CEO of HarperCollins India at this important time,” said Redmayne in a press release. “He is an experienced publishing executive with a clear strategic mind and commercial acumen, which he combines with the energy needed to build on the brilliant work already done by our team in India."
Read the full press release below.
London, New York (August 25, 2015) - HarperCollins Publishers today announced that Ananth Padmanabhan has been named CEO of HarperCollins India, with overall responsibility for all divisions of the business. Ananth will be joining from Penguin Random House where he was Senior Vice President of Sales and will report to Charlie Redmayne, CEO of HarperCollins UK.
Ananth has 20 years of publishing experience. Whilst at PRH he served on the Management Executive and was responsible for sales, local acquisition and publishing strategy and local digital strategy. Ananth will take up the position at the beginning of October following the departure of outgoing CEO P.M. Sukumar at the end of September.
Responsibility for the day to day running of the Collins India education business remains with Krishna Naroor, who will continue to report into Colin Hughes, Managing Director of Collins Learning, based in London. Krishna will work with Colin Hughes and Ananth to define strategy and drive growth in this rapidly developing schools publishing business.
HarperCollins also announced the formation of a new HarperCollins India Board. The Board will include Charlie Redmayne CEO HarperCollins UK (HCUK), Ananth Padmanabhan CEO HarperCollins India (HCI), Colin Hughes MD of Collins Learning, Ed Kielbasiewicz Finance Director of HCUK, Alex Beecroft Corporate Development Director HCUK and Amit Abrol, Finance Director of HCI. As MD of Collins India, Krishna Naroor will also join the Board.
Charlie Redmayne, CEO HarperCollins UK said "I am delighted that Ananth is joining as CEO of HarperCollins India at this important time. He is an experienced publishing executive with a clear strategic mind and commercial acumen, which he combines with the energy needed to build on the brilliant work already done by our team in India. It is a time of real opportunity for HarperCollins India and I know that Ananth will do a terrific job in helping us grasp it firmly."
Ananth Padmanabhan said ''It is a great privilege to have been offered this opportunity, at a time of such rapid change in the Indian publishing industry. HarperCollins is a company I have long admired; for the breadth of its publishing and, in Collins, its fast growing education business. HarperCollins has one of the most experienced and dynamic teams in publishing and I am greatly looking forward to working with them.''
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