Penguin Random House’s independent bookshops manager Kate Gunning has decided to leave the company after 12 years in the role to pursue other opportunities.
Gunning first joined PRH in 2009 after previously working as Foyles head of buying and following stints with Selfridges and Waterstones. Her last day will be 30th June. PRH has not released any details about her successor.
Gunning paid tribute to the independent bookshops she has worked with. “It's been my pride and joy to work at Penguin Random House for the last 12 years, and such a privilege to serve indie booksellers, who have impressed and inspired me on a daily basis throughout my time in the job. I salute them and thank them, as well as my wonderful, hugely talented colleagues at PRH, and I wish all of them the very best for the future”. She is leaving to pursue other opportunities.
Naomi Fidler, deputy group sales director, said: “Kate has been at the forefront of strengthening our relationships and our understanding of the UK’s Independent bookshop sector. Her passion for our books and our customers will be very much missed. Independent booksellers are hugely important to us, they’re ardent supporters of our authors and our books and Kate has played a pivotal role in this.”
Gunning can be contacted via 07920 847493 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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