Cynthia Cowen, manager of production and digital distribution at the Random House Audio Publishing Group, passed away on January 30. She was 79.

Cowen joined the RH Audio Group in 1989 as an administrative assistant, and in her over her 25 years at the company, her role ranged from that of a subrights agent to a digital archivist and distributor. "Cynthia embraced and delighted in change; emerging as a late-in-life digital expert, and taking on every assignment with aplomb and vigor," said Amanda D'Acierno, senior v-p, publisher, PRH Audio.

When she took on her current job five years ago, her supervisor and longtime colleague, Dan Zitt asked how she felt about the change, and she replied "I love working at Random House and I love the people that I get to work with every day. When that changes, I'll rethink things." Cowen worked at her desk up until a day before her death.