Chiki Sarkar, former editor-in-chief of Random House India, has been appointed publisher of Penguin India.
Chiki had worked at Random House India since 2006, working with authors including Anita Desai, Salman Rushdie and Jhumpa Lahiri. Before that, she worked for Bloomsbury in London for seven years.
Andrew Phillips, c.e.o. and president of Penguin India, said: "We are thrilled that Chiki will be joining Penguin India on the eve of our 25th year. Not only is she incredibly bright, creative and driven but I believe she has the vision and passion to run one of the most exciting and prestigious publishing lists in the world.
"She is loved by her authors and widely respected on the international publishing scene and we feel lucky to have her join our team."
Sarkar said: "I am sad to be leaving behind Random House India which has not just been a workplace but a home for the last five years–but I am extremely excited to start a new phase in my life with Penguin India and have the opportunity to work with a wonderful team and with some of the country's finest writers."
Gaurav Shrinagesh, m.d. Random House India, said: "Chiki is a truly talented publisher and has made a fantastic contribution to our highly successful list. She takes with her our very best wishes for the future."
Penguin India publishes more than 200 titles each year, and 2012 will mark its 25th anniversary.