Penguin Random House has released the details of the new corporatewide reorganization of its U.S. division. The highlight of the plan includes splitting the Random House Publishing Group (RHPG) back up into two groups, recreating the Crown Publishing Group (CPG)—albeit with some significant differences from its prior iteration, which was folded into the RH group in 2017.
Sanyu Dillon, previously chief marketing officer for PRH, has been named president of RHPG, and David Drake has been promoted to president of CPG. Both will report to Nihar Malaviya, interim global CEO of PRH. As PW previously reported, the new structure does not include a replacement for Madeline McIntosh as PRH US CEO. Dillon and Drake, along with a host of division heads, will instead report directly to Malaviya.
The addition of a new adult publishing group is intended to meet one of PRH's priorities for a restructuring: to revive competition among its imprints while providing more touchpoints for agents to meet PRH editors. In announcing the changes to the PRH staff, Malaviya wrote that “books and the people who make them are at the heart of what we do. Our editors’ ability to aggressively pursue the works they are most passionate about, and the autonomy and independence of our divisions and imprints, is what drives our business and ensures our success.”
The new RHPG is comprised of Random House, the Dial Press, Hogarth, the Modern Library, One World, Ballantine Bantam Dell/Delacorte, Random House Worlds, Harmony/Rodale, Convergent, and WaterBrook & Multnomah. The imprints making up CPG are Crown, Currency, Clarkson Potter, and Ten Speed Press. Random House and Crown were combined in late 2017, after years as separate groups, under the direction of Gina Centrello, who retired as president and publisher of the united group in January. Some imprints, such as Harmony from Crown to Random House, have been moved from one group to the other in their respective new incarnations.
In another major executive shift, Jeff Abraham, head of Penguin Random House Publisher Services, has been promoted to president of publishing operations, technology, and services. In his expanded role, Abraham will lead IT, publishing operations, and PRH Labs in addition to his continued oversight of PRHPS.
Abraham is reporting to Malaviya, as are the following division heads: Amanda D’Acierno, president and publisher of Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group; Allison Dobson, president of Penguin Publishing Group; Jen Loja, president of Penguin Young Readers; Barbara Marcus, president and publisher of Random House Children’s Books; and Maya Mavjee, president and publisher of Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.
Along with the division heads, other Malaviya direct reports are: Annette Danek, global executive v-p and chief supply chain officer; Paige McInerney, executive v-p and director of human resources at Penguin Random House U.S.; Kimberly Ayers Shariff, executive v-p of strategy for diversity, equity and inclusion at Penguin Random House U.S.; and Nina von Moltke, president and director of strategic development at Penguin Random House U.S.
Still another new Malaviya report is Jaci Updike, who has been promoted to president of sales and marketing for the company. Moving forward, John Bohman, senior v-p of sales and customer operations, will now report to Updike.
In announcing the changes, Malaviya wrote to employees: "These colleagues make up an incredibly talented, experienced team of leaders with diverse backgrounds and skill sets. To position ourselves for future growth, I have chosen to elevate this executive team to lead the U.S. business and work directly with me—and with all of you—as we write our next chapter together."
Malaviya also noted that the heads of the global support areas and the CEOs of each of PRH’s international divisions who sit on the global executive committee will continue to report to him.
This story has been updated.