Senior appointments at PRH ANZ following restructure

Senior appointments at PRH ANZ following restructure

Penguin Random House Australia and New Zealand has made several changes to its senior team following the announcement the company would make 15 people redundant last week.

The changes follow Julie Burland’s appointment at its c.e.o last month.

Richard Alweyn, previously vice president finance at logistics and freight management company CEVA Logistics, has been appointed as the company’s chief financial officer. Joining on 21st December, his focus will be on "driving greater efficiency and profitability" in the business.

Gavin Schwarcz, meanwhile, has been hired as sales and operations director for PRH Australia from his previous role as sales director. He will now take overall responsibility for the company's distribution, production and the business development teams.

Alysha Farry, previously head of consumer marketing at Penguin Books Australia, becomes the company's marketing director, while Karen Reid has been promoted to publicity and communications director of PRH Australia.

In children’s, Dorothy Tonkin has been promoted to head of children's marketing and publicity from her previous role as children's marketing and publicity manager, while in human resources, Belinda Hansen will become HR director after being instrumental in integrating the HR team following the merger of Penguin and Random House.

All the appointments will report to Burland, who took over from Gabrielle Coyne with immediate effect in November after being promoted from the position of children’s director.

Last week, PRH Australia and New Zealand revealed 15 people would be made redundant from the company following a restructure, while three further people are leaving it, including digital director Sally Bateman, HR director Ian Posthumus and, at the end of the year, deputy c.e.o. Andrew Davis.

Burland said she was “delighted” to announce the “much-deserved promotions and appointments”, adding that the company now had the “perfect blend of long-serving talent with strong industry relationships and fresh expertise and perspectives to support our wonderful publishing programme, grow our distribution business, and strengthen our open and creative culture.”

However, following the “sad” news of the company restructure and redundancies last week, she added: "Today I would like us to start looking forward to the future with the excitement it deserves for our colleagues, our authors and their readers. It has been a difficult week but, by taking this necessary action, I'm confident we have put our company on a clearer path to future growth and to realising our full potential as the home for the very best creative talent here in Australia and New Zealand."

At the time the redundancies were announced Burlan, said it had been a "difficult decision", but it was "the right one for the company, its colleagues, authors and their readers".

In total, the restructure affected roles across senior management, marketing and publicity, publishing, production and sales.