Fiona Murphy, currently publicity director at Penguin Random House Ireland, is joining Transworld/Doubleday Ireland from 1st January in the role of editorial director.
Since Murphy joined PRH Ireland in February 2016, she has spearheaded Irish campaigns for, among others, Roddy Doyle, Ruth Fitzmaurice, John Boyne, Jilly Cooper, Robert Harris, Anthony Horowitz, Indy Power and Margaret Atwood, and was named a Rising Star by The Bookseller in 2017.
Murphy will report to Michael McLoughlin, managing director at Penguin Random House Ireland, whilst working closely with Bill Scott-Kerr, publisher at a Transworld, and his team to develop the list.
McLoughlin said: "Anyone who has had the good fortune to work with Fiona will know she is utterly dedicated to the books and the authors, she has a keen and strategic publishing intelligence and she is a great team player. As PRH Ireland moves into the next phase of our publishing it is reassuring to know that her hand will be on the Transworld/Doubleday Ireland tiller."
He added: "I feel sure that Fiona will help us direct the business towards a creatively satisfying and profitable future."
Transworld Ireland editor Brian Langan will meanwhile be leaving the company at the end of this month.
Langan joined Eoin McHugh at Transworld Ireland in 2010 in the role of editor and is said to have been "instrumental" in growing the list and maintaining the publisher's reputation in the Irish trade. In particular, Transworld recognised his work establishing writer Donal Ryan and help in launching Doubleday Ireland as a significant new imprint of Irish literary fiction, as well as his editing of Colm O’Regan.
McLoughlin added: "Brian intends to continue working within the publishing industry. We wish him all the best in his future career."