The publishing giant today announced that the former NBCUniversal exec and film producer Zalaznick has been named to its board of directors. Here’s the release:

 NEW YORK, NY, October 23, 2014 — Media and entertainment industry executive Lauren Zalaznick has been appointed as the first independent Board member of Penguin Random House, the world’s largest international trade book publisher.

Ms. Zalaznick has devoted her 30-year career to transforming the cultural landscape and brings extensive content, marketing and digital expertise to the Penguin Random House Board. During her 12-year tenure at NBCUniversal, Ms. Zalaznick held a variety of leadership positions, including President of TR!O network, President of Bravo Media, President of NBCUniversal Women & Lifestyle Entertainment Networks (including Oxygen and Telemundo), and EVP and Chairman of Entertainment, Digital Networks and Integrated Media.

Ms. Zalaznick currently publishes The LZ Sunday Paper, a widely read and influential newsletter about women in business, media, and culture.  She is a Trustee of the Corporation of Brown University and also sits on the Board of Directors for Shazam and the industry trade group NATPE (The National Association of Television Program Executives). Her exceptional business acumen and accomplishments have earned her a place among Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women,” Time’s “100 Most Influential People” and Vanity Fair’s “New Establishment.”

The Penguin Random House Board of Directors is led by Chairman, John Makinson, and includes the following members: Markus Dohle, CEO, Penguin Random House; John Fallon, CEO, Pearson PLC; Thomas Götz, General Counsel and Head of Legal, Bertelsmann; Judith Hartmann, CFO, Bertelsmann; Phillip Hoffman, Director, Corporate Finance and Strategy, and Company Secretary, Pearson PLC; Thomas Rabe, Chairman and CEO, Bertelsmann; Baroness Rebuck, DBE, Chair, Penguin Random House UK Board; and Coram Williams, CFO, Penguin Random House.