Maureen Corish, group communications director for Penguin Random House UK, is leaving the business at the end of November as the result of a restructure in PRH's communications function.
Corish has been in the role, handling post-merger internal communications as well as corporate comms and media relations, for the past three and a half years, since July 2013. She joined Random House in 2008 and, reporting to Gail Rebuck, was responsible for developing and delivering the communications strategy in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa. She built and developed the communications team, set up the Consumer Insight department and is credited in playing a "significant role" in driving the consumer marketing strategy.
PRH has declined to share any more details about the restructure at this time, including who will take over Corish's role.
Tom Weldon, c.e.o. PRH UK, said: “Maureen has been a terrific colleague and we would not have achieved so much, in such a short time, as Penguin Random House without her support and contribution. The key to any successful merger is constant communication and Maureen led that process for us with great skill. We wish her much success for the future.”
Corish said: “It has been a privilege to work alongside so many talented, creative and passionate people and during a period of such radical industry transformation. To have played a part in helping to shape the story of Penguin Random House from the merger of two incredible companies to its championing of creativity and inclusion has been a true honour. I very much look forward to seeing how the story unfolds as Penguin Random House continues to go from strength-to-strength.”
Before joining Random House, Maureen spent seven years at Emap plc (now Bauer Media), rising to the position of communications director for the Broadcast, Music and New Media Divisions, leading consumer and corporate communications for brands including Kiss and Magic Radio and Smash Hits, Q, Mojo and Kerrang! magazines. She was part of the communications team for the eventual sale of Emap PLC to Bauer. Prior to this she was a publicist for the BBC both in Birmingham and London. She began her career as a journalist working at regional newspapers.