Penguin Random House Consolidates Adult Publishing Imprints, Appoints Madeline McIntosh to Lead
Penguin Random House announced a substantial change to the organization and management of its U.S. adult publishing divisions in three separate letters to PRH staff today. The letters detailed the creation of the Penguin Publishing Group, a unified adult publishing division that merges PRH's Berkley/NAL and Penguin Adult. The new group, explains PRH CEO Mark Dohle in one letter, is a reaction to an evolving industry which demands, "greater collaboration and coordination, and even more unified publishing strategies across all formats."
Dohle appointed current PRH U.S. president and COO Madeline McIntosh to lead the new group, describing her as "one of our greatest champions in identifying and implementing the opportunities for growth and innovation."
PRH also noted the departure of Susan Peterson Kennedy, current president of Penguin Adult.
McIntosh and Kennedy released individual statements on the news.
McIntosh's statement: "As a lifelong avid Penguin reader, I am humbled and thrilled to now join this publishing team full time. Since the merger, my admiration for the work of these world-class publishers, editors, designers, marketers, and publicists has become even stronger than it was when I was watching them from afar. Their love for Penguin's authors and books is both inspiring and motivating. I know we will learn a lot from each other, and hopefully also have fun together, as we go forward to publish our books the Penguin way."
Kennedy's statement: "I am leaving the company that I love, books that I love, people whom I love. I have spent so many years in the service of this enterprise; it will take time for me to discover where Penguin ends and I begin. However, the world is endlessly fascinating to me. And I am looking forward to further adventures in the arts."
Dohle assures PRH employees that the restructuring will not result in any significant change in leadership or creative direction among the individual imprints.
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