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Rowland White to return to Penguin
21.10.11 | Charlotte Williams
Orion non-fiction publishing director Rowland White is moving back to Penguin in the role of publishing director for Michael Joseph.
White will focus on mainstream non-fiction and thriller-based fiction, and will report to MJ m.d. Louise Moore. Before joining Orion, he had previously worked for Penguin for 12 years.
White said: "Orion provided me with a wonderful opportunity and I've enjoyed working there alongside some very talented publishers. The invitation to return to Michael Joseph was impossible to turn down and I realised that Penguin was where my heart lay."
Moore added: "I am truly delighted that Rowland is coming back to Michael Joseph. The team here has missed him and his commercial publishing skill—his return will be hugely welcomed by all."
White joined Orion from Michael Joseph in January 2010, this year launching his commercial non-fiction imprint there called Swordfish, which began publishing this summer. The Bookseller understands the future of the imprint is currently under discussion, with White's end date at Orion and start date at MJ still to be confirmed.
Meanwhile, Orion non-fiction editorial director Amanda Harris, who currently reports into White, will now report directly to Orion m.d. Lisa Milton.