Laurie Parkin, v-p and publisher of Kensington Publishing, will retire May 30 after serving in those positions since 1999. During her time at Kensington she has worked with such authors as Fern Michaels, Lisa Jackson, Robert K. Tanenbaum, William W. Johnstone and Joanne Fluke. Steve Zacharius, president and CEO of Kensington, is heading up the search for her replacement.
“Over the past 15 years as publisher, Laurie’s love of publishing and selling books has been a driving force behind Kensington’s success during a period of immense change in the industry. Laurie’s leadership, perspective, creativity and enthusiasm in all areas of the publishing program will be greatly missed,” Zacharius said in a statement.
“I have been privileged to work with some of the best leaders in the business,” Parkin said, “and I was eager to be a part of Kensington because I knew it was a place where creativity and innovative ideas were highly prized. That passion for invention has always been at the heart of this company. It shines through in the leadership of all three generations of the Zacharius family – Walter, Steven and now Adam. I’ve certainly been lucky to share these last 15 years with Kensington’s incredibly talented family and our very special authors. It’s been a wonderful adventure.”