As part of its continuing integration of DK Publishing's U.S. operations into the Penguin Putnam infrastructure, Penguin has eliminated 25 positions across various DK functions and will move a small number of other DK personnel to spots within Penguin Putnam. The cuts include 12 jobs in the sales and marketing department, which reduces the total staff in the unit to 42 people. The remaining cuts came in editorial, production and other back-office operations. A Penguin spokesperson said all those who have lost their jobs will receive a severance package and outplacement services.
Penguin has been streamlining DK since it acquired the company in 2000 in a bid to make it profitable. Earlier this year, DK U.S. president Danny Gurr and sales director Gary Gentel resigned from the company.