Joerg Pfuhl, who succeeded Y.S. Chi as president of Random House Inc. last November (News, Nov. 12, 2001), is returning to Germany. He will serve as both CEO of Random House Continental Europe and Latin America, as well as CEO and chairman of the company's German-language publishing group, Verlagsgruppe Random House. As part of his new duties, Pfuhl, who will be based in Munich, will oversee Random House Mondadori. RH's Spanish-language joint venture had reported to Richard Sarnoff.

In a memo announcing Pfuhl's new assignment, RH chairman Peter Olson said there are no plans to replace Pfuhl as Random House Inc. president. Ed Volini, executive v-p, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer, who had reported to Pfuhl, will now report directly to Olson. The heads of RH's publishing divisions, as well as Don Weisberg, Sarnoff and Stuart Applebaum, will continue to report to Olson.

At Verlagsgruppe RH, Pfuhl will oversee all corporate, financial and administrative functions, and company president and publisher Klaus Eck will report to him. Arnold Kiel, who had headed up Verlagsgruppe RH, will be leaving the company.