Madeline McIntosh has been appointed c.e.o. of Penguin Random House US, with Allison Dobson named her successor as president, Penguin Publishing Group.
Dohle, who previously oversaw the US company in addition to his global role since 2013, said McIntosh's "sharp intellect and contagious passion for publishing" had impressed him from the first and she was now "one of the most well-rounded and experienced executives in publishing".
Dohle and McIntosh first crossed paths during his first week at Random House in 2008, when McIntosh was then in her last week at the company at Random House Audio before joining Amazon as its director of Kindle Content Acquisition. Dohle brought her back the following year, in December 2009, as Random House’s president of Sales, Operations, and Digital, and in the months and years that followed, said she became "a highly trusted and valued partner".
In 2013, she became c.o.o. of Penguin Random House US, responsible for post-merger integration, including the unification of sales and operations departments, and in September 2014 she was made president of the Penguin Publishing Group. McIntosh's previous positions at the company before this included publisher, Random House Audio and director of Adult Sales, Random House, Inc.
In her new role, McIntosh will continue to report to Dohle as the c.e.o. of Penguin Random House worldwide. The appointment aligns PRH's structure in the US with that of the rest of the company's territories, he said.
McIntosh is succeeded as president of the Penguin Publishing Group by Allison Dobson, who has been senior vice president, Strategy and Finance, at Penguin since June 2016. Before this, since 2015, she was McIntosh's right hand at Penguin as vice president, director, Business Development & Strategy, Penguin Adult.
McIntosh said she admired Dobson's "strategic and emotional intelligence, coupled with her passionate enthusiasm for our publishing mission" and that she made "an ideal colleague and leader".
Reporting to McIntosh will be PRH's US adult and children’s publishing: Crown Publishing Group, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Penguin Publishing Group, Penguin Young Readers, Random House Publishing Group, and Random House Children’s Books. Also: Operations, Sales, and the Author Platforms & Digital Publishing Development team, including PRH's Audio Publishing business. Functions that provide shared support for all PRH's businesses globally will continue to report to Dohle.
Each of the c.e.o.s of PRH's international companies - PRH UK; PRH Canada; PRH Australia & New Zealand; PRH India; PRH South Africa; PRH Grupo Editorial Spain & Latin America; PRH China/North Asia; and DK - will also continue to report to Dohle. He will continue to lead its partnerships with sister companies Verlagsgruppe Random House in Germany and Grupo Companhia das Letras in Brazil, too.
Ahead of PRH's fifth anniversary in July, Dohle welcomed McIntosh's "dedicated leadership" in the company's US market. "Over the next five years, we will strive to further grow our publishing business in the U.S. and internationally, especially in growth regions and emerging markets," he said. "Given this strategy and the size and importance of the US business for Penguin Random House worldwide, now is the right time for dedicated leadership in our US market. There is no one better prepared and more qualified than Madeline to assume that responsibility."