Penguin Random House UK Audio has appointed Richard Lennon as editorial director, briefed to “help shape and deliver the audio team’s ambitious strategy”.
Lennon (pictured), who has worked at PRH since 2010, is currently editorial director at Vermilion. Starting on 28th November in his new role, he will lead the team in working with authors, performance and production talent to commission and publish audio bestsellers.
Lennon will report to Hannah Telfer, group director for consumer and digital development, and m.d. for PRH UK Audio, under whom PRH UK Audio was established as a standalone division earlier this year.
Lennon joined Penguin in 2010 to run PR and marketing for the launch of the business publishing list Portfolio Penguin, adding further responsibility for lifestyle imprint Penguin Life in 2015. His campaigns have included business and personal development titles such as Eric Ries’s The Lean Startup, Michael Woodford’s Exposure, and Josh Kaufman’s The Personal MBA. He also helped acquire titles including James Wallman’s Stuffocation, Michael Hayman and Nick Giles’s Mission and James Reed’s Why You? and worked on brand-led publishing projects with the ASK Italian restaurant chain and Airbnb. His recent acquisitons as editorial director for Vermillion include Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris.
Telfer said: “Richard’s combination of publishing, editorial and communications experience will prove invaluable to our Audio business and will significantly strengthen our senior team as we approach 2017 with a strong audio list that reflects the breadth and depth of our publishing as a group. We welcome his expertise to our team as we continue to invest in the highest quality production values, work with the best performance talent and find ever more creative ways to market and distribute our titles.”
Lennon said: “Penguin Random House has invested in an expert Audio team who work in partnership with colleagues across our publishing teams and this integrated approach, combined with an ongoing commitment to quality, is working brilliantly to take our authors to even bigger audiences, and grow the audio market overall.
“It is a privilege to be joining such a talented team of audio, broadcast and publishing experts who are so passionate about what they do and a very exciting time to join as audiences everywhere increasingly discover the joy of listening.”
In addition to Lennon's appointment, Samantha Halstead has been promoted to senior commissioning editor at Penguin and Duncan Honeyman to senior commissioning editor for Random House. Both will report to Lennon.