Brian Davies, chairman of Penguin Random House UK’s distribution companies, is to leave Penguin Random House in September.
Davies will also step down from the PRH executive.
He will move to a four-day week until his departure at the end of September.
Davies joined Random House in 1993 and has held senior roles in the UK and internationally. As chairman of PRH UK’s distribution companies he, with Mark Williams, m.d. of distribution, helped guide the integration of three sites into the unified PRH distribution division. He has also been advising on the post-merger integration, particularly in South Africa and India, and has been the custodian of the Random House Archive in Rushden.
Davies previously worked at HarperCollins and Macmillan. Other roles he held at PRH including being president of Random House International in the US, and chair of the Random House Companies in Australia and New Zealand. He was also, at various times, executive chair of Ebury Publishing, where he led the negotiations to acquire BBC Books.
Ian Hudson, c.e.o. of Penguin Random House International and deputy c.e.o. or PRH UK, said: “Brian has been a valued colleague and so many of us across the globe have benefited from his insight and experience. He is an absolute true publishing all-rounder and has been a significant contributor to both our past and current achievements.”
Gail Rebuck, chairman of PRH UK, said: “I have worked with Brian for over 20 years and I think I can safely say he has had some of the most diverse roles of any seasoned publishing executive in the industry. Over the years, Brian’s large network of customer contacts and deep knowledge of the international trade, especially in growth markets, has been of invaluable help to the group.
“We have all learnt from his breadth of expertise, calm management style and wry sense of humour, especially at moments of high stress – not to mention the best travelling tips in the business.”