Kristin Cochrane, executive publisher of the McClelland & Stewart Doubleday Canada Publishing Group, has been promoted to the newly created position of president and publisher, Random House of Canada. Cochrane will oversee all of RH's Canadian publishing, continuing to report to CEO and president Brad Martin, who made the announcement yesterday.

"Kristin’s vision, creativity and business acumen, along with her focus and dedication for her authors, is held in the highest regard by her colleagues and peers worldwide, and by authors she is proud to publish," said Martin, who also pointed to the recent international recognition of McClelland & Stewart author Alice Munro, the first Canadian winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Martin also confirmed that Cochrane will continue to play a critical role on the Penguin Random House Canada Executive Committee. "I rely on her sound judgment and astute understanding of the domestic and international trade book publishing scene, and value her important voice in helping to set strategy and direction for the company," he said.

Louise Dennys will become executive publisher, Random House of Canada. Dennys, previously executive publisher of Knopf Random Canada Publishing Group, will be "stepping aside from the day-to-day management of the Knopf Random Canada Publishing Group to have the freedom to focus more fully on what she loves best: working directly with writers of both fiction and non-fiction and bringing their books to readers," said Martin.

In addition to Dennys, Anne Collins, publisher, Knopf Random Canada Publishing Group; and Marion Garner, associate publisher, Knopf Random Canada Publishing Group and publisher, Vintage Canada will now report to Cochrane along with the others who directly report to her.