PRH reshuffles strategy, commercial and consumer roles

PRH reshuffles strategy, commercial and consumer roles

Penguin Random House UK has created and expanded a number of roles in its strategy, commercial and consumer and digital teams, ahead of the departure of commercial director Nigel Waters.

Waters, who has been at PRH UK for 21 years, is to leave the business at Easter.

PRH announced today that Maud Watson, head of business development, is promoted to the role of director of international development and group projects, reporting to Ian Hudson, c.e.o. of Penguin Random House International and deputy UK c.e.o.

Watson will support the future development of the international businesses in Asia-Pacific, India and South Africa and will also play a role in delivering key projects for the UK.  

Paul Kelly, group strategy director, expands his role to become group strategy and commercial director, UK and international. He will take on responsibility for the e-book commercial team led by Noel Ferrin and the bibliographic and metadata teams led by Alfred Willman and managed by Ferrin.

The international e-book sales teams led by Giovanna Franchina, head of digital sales and channel development, and Duncan Bruce, digital business development director, will now report to Mike Symons, group sales director.

PRH said: “In the past couple of years these teams, alongside the e-book commercial team, have successfully set-up the international e-books business and managed the complexity of establishing new business models, supply chains and pricing strategy. The department now returns to the wider sales team and will renew its focus on growth and continue to deliver an excellent service to the main international accounts.”

Jo Edwards, head of licensing and brand Development, and the Random House Enterprises team, will now report into Hannah Telfer, group director, consumer and digital development. Edwards will continue to oversee live events, which is headed-up by Chloe Johnson-Hill, as well as licensing and merchandising.