Penguin Random House’s group UK sales director Garry Prior is to retire at the end of the year.
Prior has worked for Penguin Random House companies for 35 years, starting his career in publishing in 1980 as a marketing assistant at Transworld’s Corgi Books.
During the 1980s he moved between various marketing and sales roles and “contributed hugely to Transworld's growth”, said Penguin Random house.
He became Transworld’s UK sales director in 1993, and three years later was promoted to sales and marketing director.
Prior joined the Random House Group board as group UK sales director in 2005 and was appointed UK sales director for Penguin Random House in 2014.
Ian Hudson, deputy c.e.o. of Penguin Random House UK, said: “Garry is rightly a much-respected and influential figure of our industry and has helped make Jilly Cooper, Terry Pratchett, Andy McNab and Lee Child, as well as many other authors, the brand names they are today.
“He is an inspirational leader and a brilliant colleague who has been ceaselessly passionate about his work; forging terrific relationships with our retailers over the years. He has always led from the front – be that directly with our customers, or more recently hurling himself out of a plane for the Penguins Can Fly skydive.
“Everyone knows him by his infectious sense of humour and any occasion is brightened by his presence. His passion for his work has always extended to his team and he has nurtured the careers of some of the best in the business. We shall all miss him as a colleague and a friend.”
Prior said: “I have had the most amazing and rewarding career. It’s been such an immense privilege to work for a company, and in an industry, full of inspirational, talented, and committed individuals, many of whom have become good friends over the years. My enthusiasm for my job has never waned and that matters to me and gives me a great sense of satisfaction and achievement as I begin the next phase of my life.”