DK North America announced that two executives will join its senior leadership team. Mary Marotta, previously v-p, director of children’s sales at Simon & Schuster, has been named v-p, sales, marketing and publicity; and Brandi Larsen, formerly digital publishing director at Penguin Random House, has been named v-p, publishing.

DK COO Shaun Hodgkinson said Marotta and Larsen will join Simon Fraser, v-p, finance & operations, and Mike Degler, publisher, Prima Games, as part of a new senior leadership team for DK North America. The four executives will report directly to Hodginson.

Marotta will have responsibility for sales, consumer and brand marketing and publicity for all divisions at DK. While at S&S she was most recently deputy publisher of the children’s division. Before that she held senior positions at Scholastic.

Larsen will also report to DK global publisher Alex Allan, and work with the global publishing teams to provide local-market insight and oversee the growth of the DK presence in North America. Larsen previously oversaw digital publishing at Penguin Random House working with the Penguin Book Country business and as content director at Tribune Interactive.