Jenny Todd to leave Canongate

Jenny Todd to leave Canongate

Canongate publisher Jenny Todd is to leave the company after 12 years.

Jamie Byng, c.e.o. of Canongate, praised Todd's "impeccable taste in books" and "countless inspired contributions" to the company while wishing her well for the future.

"I've spent more of my time running Canongate with Jenny as part of the company than not which makes the thought of her not being involved in our future a strange one", Byng said. "During her time at Canongate, Jenny has made countless inspired contributions, both to what we have published and how we have published, bringing her impeccable taste in books, her boundless creativity and her great experience to many areas of the business."

He added: "We couldn’t have taken the company as far as we have without Jenny’s considerable talent and unstinting commitment to growing Canongate and enabling our diverse list of writers to flourish.  We all wish her well in her future endeavours and know that she will bring the same flair and creative energy wherever she goes next." 

Todd said: "I am very sad to leave so many wonderful colleagues and writers, many of whom are also great friends. I wish them all every success in the future.”

Todd joined Canongate in 2004 as sales and marketing director, and in her time with the company contributed to the publisher's success which saw it being crowned Publisher of the Year in 2009. She has also played a "crucial role" in overseeing the campaigns for many of its bestselling and critically acclaimed books and authors including Matt Haig's Reasons to Stay Alive, The Humans and A Boy Called Christmas, Karl Pilkington's An Idiot Abroad, Shaun Usher's Letters of Note, Miranda July's The First Bad Man, The Mighty Book of Boosh, Kate Grenville's The Secret River, Simon's Cat, Yann Martel's Life of Pi and Amy Liptrot's The Outrun.

Before joining Canongate, Todd was marketing director at Penguin Press where she orchestrated campaigns for Michael Moore, Eric Schlosser, Niall Ferguson and Penguin Classics.

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