Penguin Publishing Group president Madeline McIntosh announced that Tarcher Books and Perigee will be merging into a newly combined imprint. The Tarcher Perigee imprint will be headed up by Joel Fotinos, who is currently v-p and publisher of Tarcher Books.

Fotinos will take on the role of v-p and publisher of the new unit, while John Duff, longtime v-p and publisher of Perigee, will retire at the end of the month.

Under Fotinos the editorial teams will now be unified as one, with all new titles published under the combined Tarcher Perigee name. The senior editorial staff reporting directly to Fotinis are: Mitch Horowitz, v-p, director of backlist and reissues, and editorial directors Sara Carder and Marian Lizzi. Brianna Yamashita, executive director, marketing and publicity for Tarcher and Perigee, will continue to report to Fotinos.

Duff has acted as publisher of Perigee for the past 23 years. He began his career in Canada as a librarian and a bookseller, moving to the U.S. as director, special interest publishing, at Doubleday. Duff joined Perigee in 1992.