Penguin Random House has named Madeline McIntosh, previously president of the Penguin Publishing Group, CEO of Penguin Random House US. The position is a newly created one. Additionally, Allison Dobson, formerly senior v-p of strategy and finance at Penguin Publishing Group, has been promoted to president of Penguin Publishing Group, succeeding McIntosh.
The promotions, announced in a press release from CEO of Penguin Random House Worldwide Markus Dohle, mark a structural revamping of the publishing conglomerate. Dohle said the move will align the U.S. business with other PRH territories around the world.
Dohle, who will remain based in New York City, said the creation of McIntosh’s position speaks to “the size and importance of the U.S. business for Penguin Random House worldwide." He added: "Now is the right time for dedicated leadership in our U.S. market."
Under the newly announced PRH structure, McIntosh, who will report to Dohle, will be responsible for all PRH US adult and children’s publishing groups (among them Crown, Knopf, Penguin, Penguin Young Readers, Random House, and RH Childrens). The publisher's operations, sales, author platforms, digital publishing development, and audio publishing departments will now report to McIntosh.
Dobson, who will also report to McIntosh, will be responsible for overseeing the largest PRH publishing division. At PPG, Dobson will oversee all imprints, as well as the departments handling art, business development, finance, marketing strategy, publishing operations, and subsidiary rights.
In a release about the structural changes, McIntosh praised Dobson for her "quick, analytical mind,” calling her “an ideal colleague and leader for the very broad range of internal and external stakeholders we house and partner with.”
Dohle, who noted in the release that July 1 will mark the five-year anniversary of the merger between Penguin and Random House, said that, over the next year, Penguin staff will begin moving into the Penguin Random House building on Broadway. That location will continue to be the global headquarters of Penguin Random House.
Speaking to McIntosh's qualifications for the job, Dohle said there is “no one better prepared and more qualified" for the role.