Sue Buswell, deputy publisher at Random House Children’s, will step down from her role at the end of March.
Penguin Random House said Buswell decided to leave the company, where she worked with authors such as John Burningham, Nicholas Allan and Emma Chichester Clark over a period of five years.
The publisher has no plans to recruit another deputy publisher but has promoted Andrea MacDonald, formerly commissioning editor for children’s colour and licensing, to the role of executive editor for picture books.
MacDonald, who will take on the role next week, will take on Buswell’s list and work “increasingly closely” with Alice Blacker, executive editor at Puffin picture books, to grow Penguin Random House Children's classic and new picture book publishing.
Francesca Dow, m.d. of Penguin Random House Children's, said: "Sue has been a very valued publisher at RHCP and made a significant contribution to our business. Beyond her publishing skills, Sue is a wise and thoughtful colleague and she will take everyone's best wishes for her new adventures.”
She added: "I'm delighted to congratulate Andrea on her new role and look forward to Andrea, Alice and the picture book teams across Penguin Random House Children’s working together to grow our publishing and to sharing our picture books with young consumers, delighting in discovering our stories for the first time."
Buswell can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Penguin Random House UK announced it was to merge Penguin Children’s and Random House Children's Publishers last year.
Former RHCP employees that have now left the company include m.d. Philippa Dickinson and publicity director Clare Hall-Craggs.