Kevin Weiss, Author Solutions’ CEO who helped make the company one of the largest self-publishing service providers in the country, is leaving the company and will be replaced by Andrew Phillips. In a release, Penguin, which bought Author Solutions last year, said Weiss is leaving for a new position to be announced next week. Phillips is a 10-year Penguin veteran who is currently president of Penguin International, based in Delhi.
In his current role, Phillips is responsible for Penguin businesses in India, Africa and the Middle East. Previously, he worked for DK as deputy CEO overseeing global sales and marketing and digital strategy and also headed up the International Publishing and Licensing division. Penguin chairman John Makinson said that the appointment of Phillips will connect Authors Solutions more closely to Penguin. Earlier this week, a class action lawsuit was filed against Authors Solutions by three authors seeking over $5 million in damages.
“Andrew's impressive range of talents and experience equip him perfectly to extend the international development of Author Solutions, to build on our network of publishing partnerships, and to strengthen the ties with Penguin companies around the world,” Makinson said. Phillips, who starts July 1, will be based in Author Solutions Bloomington, Ind. Headquarters.