Dan Franklin is to step away from his divisional responsibilities at Penguin Random House’s Vintage, but will remain publishing director at Jonathan Cape.
Meanwhile Rachel Cugnoni, publishing director of the paperback imprint, has been promoted to a new cross-divisional role as publishing director for Vintage. She will continue with her role at the paperback imprint in addition to the new job.
Franklin joined Jonathan Cape as publisher in 1993, and became publisher across all the Vintage imprints in 2003, when the division was called CCV. He will give up his managerial responsibilities at Vintage with immediate effect, and will begin working three days a week from 2016.
Franklin told The Bookseller: “I am 65, and it seemed the right moment [for the change]. I am going on with my authors.”
Franklin’s authors include Howard Jacobson, who returned to Jonathan Cape from Bloomsbury in 2014 with J, which went on to be shortlisted for last year’s Man Booker Prize. He has also worked with Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Julian Barnes, Martin Amis and Audrey Niffenegger.
Franklin said 2014 had been a “good year” for Vintage, with author Helen Macdonald winning the Samuel Johnson Prize for H is for Hawk (Jonathan Cape) and Richard Flanagan winning the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Chatto & Windus), alongside other prize shortlistings and wins.
Richard Cable, m.d. of Vintage, said: “Rachel has made a huge contribution to the success of Vintage over the past 25 years. It is therefore with great pleasure that we announce her thoroughly deserved new role.
“I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Dan for his ongoing commitment to the division and to Jonathan Cape. We are delighted that Vintage is able to continue to benefit from Dan’s extraordinary experience and skills, whilst enabling him to relinquish certain responsibilities.”
Cugnoni said: “This is a great honour. I have worked at Vintage for 25 years and during that time I have had various different incarnations and job titles, but throughout it I have had the best time working with Dan, publishing the best books by a cast of world-class authors. The collaboration with him has been an extremely happy and productive one and I look forward to continuing working with him in my new role.”
Also promoted is Michal Shavit, who becomes deputy publishing director at Harvill Secker, reporting to publishing director Liz Foley.
Foley said: “I’m delighted that Michal is now our deputy publishing director. She’s a great asset to the Harvill Secker team and her new role consolidates the vital part she plays in our publishing. In the last year alone she has brilliantly published a number of books including Yuval Harari’s Sapiens and the latest volume from the remarkable Karl Ove Knausgaard."