Quarto Publishing Group has made a series of organizational changes, concentrated on top-tier leadership, that will accompany the previously announced upcoming retirement of COO Ken Fund, who is working with the company through November. Fund, who worked at Quarto for 22 years, has agreed to stay on the company’s board as a non-executive director.
Under the reorganization, Tara Catogge has been appointed group COO and will be responsible for overseeing all operations of the publisher, including demand planning and supply chain. Andrew Stanley has been appointed senior v-p of Group Sales and Marketing, taking up management of sales and marketing functions in both the U.S. and U.K.
In other appointments, Winnie Prentiss has been appointed senior v-p and group publishing director for Quarto US, taking on the additional management responsibility of Quarto’s California and Minneapolis imprints. Rage Kindelsperger has been appointed v-p and group publisher, taking on the additional management responsibility of Quarto’s becker&mayer! imprint. Finally, Wendy Friedman, v-p of global business development and publisher of custom, proprietary, and value books, will manage custom sales and proprietary publishing.
Polly Powell, who had served as CEO of Quarto since September 2020, resigned in July 2021. Following her departure, Fund told PW that Quarto hoped to secure Powell’s replacement by the end of the year. That replacement has yet to be found, as C.K. Lau, one of Quarto’s largest shareholders, is currently still serving as interim CEO.