Penguin Random House (PRH) Children’s is restructuring its rights team in a move that will see Camilla Borthwick, Joanna Lawrie and Catherine Harrison leave the company.
The company is dividing its rights team into three new business units: new business, brands and reprints, and rights operations. Stefan Davey, currently international rights director, will become head of rights operations and PRH will recruit two more heads to lead the other divisions.
Following the changes Lawrie and Harrison, who share the role of senior rights manager through a job share arrangement, will leave their roles at the end of January.
Borthwick, who is currently head of rights, has decided to leave the company to pursue other opportunities. She will also depart at the end of the month.
Rights director Zosia Knopp said: “In this competitive market, it’s incredibly important for us to future-proof our business and lay the foundations for continued growth. Whilst some of the decisions we’ve had to take to reach this point have been very difficult, we believe that this restructure allows us to reach our full potential, and to become even more ambitious in setting out our targets and how we reach them.
“It’s been such a pleasure to work with both Joanna and Catherine over many years, and we are very grateful for all they have done during their time here… We are also very sad to see Camilla go, and wish her the very best of luck in her future career. Throughout her time with the team she has nurtured very strong relationships with her international publishers, and has been instrumental in helping secure some brilliant deals across the whole list.”