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Field looks to '2020' with Dorling Kindersley restructuring
08.02.11 | Charlotte Williams
Dorling Kindersley is to be reorganised around core subject areas and activities as part of a strategic plan outlined to staff by DK publisher and c.e.o. Peter Field. The move has echoes of the restructuring unveiled by Bloomsbury, which saw the publisher aligned globally around its adult, children's, professional, and information divisions.
At DK the publishing divisions created are Travel, to be headed by Clare Currie; Knowledge, to be run by Jonathan Metcalf; Life, led by Mary-Clare Jerram; Licensing, headed by Alex Allan; Education, led by Sophie Mitchell, and Digital, run by Justin Moodie. All division leaders will report into Field.
In a memo sent to staff, Field said the move was about preparing the business for the decade ahead. He said: "As our strategic plan unfolds, we have reached the stage where it is important to align our organisational structure with our 2020 ambition. The steps being announced today will clarify our reporting lines and maximise our creative flexibility."
DK stressed that the changes would not involve redundancies or a reduction in headcount.
Field said a key change was to involve removing "the assumption that content will be created and stored in discrete adult and children categories so that our creative skills can impact all our work and help in breaking down our silos".
Head of production Shaun Hopkinson will join the DK executive committee, also reporting to Field, with the operations team now also comprising production editorial, as well as print production, digital content
management, dkimages and archive.
Deputy chief executive John Duhigg will take on executive responsibility for DK Verlag, as well as keeping on responsibility for Brady Games and global sales and marketing activities. He is also to become more involved in DK's creative strategies and work with Field on the company's publishing direction.
Field added that additional information would be announced over the "weeks ahead", with further announcements also to be made by the publishing directors.