Penguin Random House has begun a major re-organization under CEO Markus Dohle, who announced today the appointment of Madeline McIntosh as head of the newly created Penguin Publishing Group. McIntosh was U.S. President and Chief Operating Officer of PRH. The move also signals the end-of-year departure of Susan Petersen Kennedy, president of Penguin Group U.S. since 2001.

skennedy1bIn a message to staff, Dohle said the new group, comprising all of Penguin’s adult imprints, represents the “unification and organizational alignment of Penguin’s adult publishing imprints, which were formerly managed separately as the Penguin Adult and Berkley/NAL groups, under a single guiding vision and leadership structure.” The new appointment, he added, marks “a significant change for Penguin’s leadership structure.”

“As our marketplace continues to evolve, and as consumer demand shifts between formats, it is clear that capitalizing on our authors’ opportunities for growth will require even greater collaboration and coordination,” Dohle wrote, “and even more unified publishing strategies across all formats. That is why the time is right to create a one-leader management structure for the entire Penguin adult business, while also maintaining the identity of each of its individual publishing imprints.”

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They really should have called the merged company "Random Penguin."

The heads of Penguin’s adult imprints will now report to McInstosh, as will Leslie Gelbman, who has been president of the Berkley and NAL publishing groups.

Dohle also announced the promotion of two of McIntosh’s top execs. Nihar Malaviya becomes Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Penguin Random House U.S., and Jaci Updike becomes President of Sales, Penguin Random House U.S. They will report to Dohle and become members of the Penguin Random House North America Board.

Kennedy’s departing statement said, in full: “I am leaving the company that I love, books that I love, people whom I love. I have spent so many years in the service of this enterprise; it will take time for me to discover where Penguin ends and I begin. However, the world is endlessly fascinating to me. And I am looking forward to further adventures in the arts.”