Jenny Frost continued to reconfigure her realm at Random House with last week's appointment of David Naggar to the position of president, Random House Audio & Diversified Publishing Group. Frost had held that post since 1998. She continues as president and publisher of the Crown Publishing Group, which includes the information division and Fodor's. Naggar, most recently senior v-p, Random House sales group, will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the audio division as well as the Random House Large Print and Random House Value Publishing divisions that form the diversified group. He will report to Frost.
With Naggar's promotion, Don Weisberg, longtime head of the Random sales group, has once again resumed direct responsibility for the division. Weisberg will continue as executive v-p and COO for North America, overseeing operations, information technology, international sales and Random House of Canada. Executives who had reported to Naggar will now report to Weisberg, who continues to report to Olson.
In other changes in the audio division, Christine McNamara, v-p, director of marketing, adult audio publishing, has been promoted to v-p, publisher for adult audio publishing, reporting to Naggar. As a result of the restructuring, Robert Allen, who had been president of the Random audio group, will leave the company.
The promotion of Naggar will help ease some of Frost's managerial load. Earlier this month, she restructured Crown, promoting three editorial directors to publishers (News, Oct. 7).