Molly Stern has broken free of her contract with Penguin and will join Crown as senior v-p, publisher of Crown and Broadway Books, reporting to Crown Publishing Group president and publisher Maya Mavjee. As PW reported last month, Stern, who has been editor-in-chief at Penguin’s Viking, was reportedly offered the job at Crown—which has been open since the April reorganization—but was held back by the fact that she had nearly eight months left on her deal with Penguin.

In her new role, Stern will oversee general interest hardcover trade fiction and nonfiction publishing programs for Crown and Broadway. She will focus on developing the group’s narrative nonfiction program but will also work on expanding its fiction program as well. Reporting directly to Stern are v-p, editorial director Charlie Conrad; v-p, executive editors John Glusman and Rachel Klayman; senior editors Sean Desmond and Vanessa Mobley; and editor Christine Pride.