Duggan leaves Random House for CourseSmart

Duggan leaves Random House for CourseSmart

Random House Digital director Fionnuala Duggan is to leave the publisher for digital learning company CourseSmart, where she has been appointed managing director for international.

The California-based company, which provides e-textbooks and digital course materials, aims to expand globally, including establishing a presence in London, following Duggan's hire. At Random House, Duggan was in charge of the publisher's digital business across e-books, audio and web.

Sean Devine, c.e.o. of CourseSmart, said: “Fionnuala is a respected leader throughout the digital media industry with nearly 20 years of industry expertise and a proven track record of developing and achieving global expansion. She will be instrumental in establishing  CourseSmart’s international e-textbook platform and digital course material offering in the UK and, ultimately, in other international markets.”

Random House UK is looking to appoint a replacement to lead its digital team. Its deputy chairman Ian Hudson said in an email to staff: "In the five years Fionnuala has been with us as digital director, 'digital' has transformed from an emerging opportunity to a successful business reality with The Random House Group now firmly established as trade publishing's digital market leader.

"She leaves in place a truly terrific team working on some ground-breaking creative initiatives and a strong audio and e-book commercial programme."