Member of the Bertelsmann Management SE Executive Board
Markus Dohle is CEO of Penguin Random House, which was established on July 1, 2013 with the merger of Penguin and Random House. The trade book publisher is comprised of almost 250 editorially and creatively independent adult and children's fiction and non-fiction imprints and publishing houses, who collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually in print, audio, and e-book editions.
Markus's entire professional life has been devoted to the support and service of authors, publishers, booksellers, and readers. Prior to being named CEO of Penguin Random House, Markus was Chairman and CEO of Random House. He joined the company in June 2008 and led its worldwide operations and publishing divisions -- to increasing profitability and strengthening the company's focus on digital.
Markus began his career at Bertelsmann in 1994 at Bertelsmann Distribution. After several senior executive roles in publishing distribution and logistics, in 2002 he became CEO of the largest printing group in Europe, Mohn Media Group. In 2006, he was appointed to the Executive Board of Arvato AG, an international media and communication service provider and 100% subsidiary of Bertelsmann AG. At Arvato, he was responsible for the division's worldwide print operations.
Since 2008, Markus has been a member of the Executive Board of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, where he and his fellow Board colleagues are responsible for setting the strategic direction for one of the world's foremost media companies.
Markus also serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of American Publishers, the National Book Foundation, and the Atlantic Council.
He lives in New York with his wife and their two children.
Núria Cabutí was appointed CEO in January 2010 of the Random House and Mondadori Spanish-language trade publishing joint venture –which was renamed Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial in November 2013, following Random House acquiring full ownership in late 2012 and the merger of Penguin and Random House July 1, 2013– after having served as Publisher and Editorial Director of its Children's and Paperback Divisions since 2003.
Núria sets the strategic direction and provides the publishing and organizational leadership for the company's operations in Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, and Uruguay. She has worked for Random House exclusively and continuously upon her receiving her MBA from IESE Business School in 1992, demonstrating a strong aptitude for the editorial, financial, marketing, bookselling, and media relations aspects of the book publishing business.
Under her publishing leadership, Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial has strengthened its position as one of the world's leading Spanish-language trade book publishers.
Gina Centrello is President and Publisher of the Random House Publishing Group, having assumed the position in the then newly formed group upon the unification of the Random House Trade Group and the Ballantine Books Group in 2003. In 2008, the group added imprints from the Bantam Dell, Spiegel & Grau, and Dial Press divisions, creating a creative powerhouse which publishes many of the world's best authors in both literary and commercial genres.
Prior to her role at the Random House Publishing Group, Gina served as President and Publisher of Ballantine Books, starting in 1999.
Before that, she held a number of positions of increasing responsibility at Pocket Books, rising to Vice President and Associate Publisher in 1987, Executive Vice President and Publisher in 1993, and President in 1994. Gina began her career in publishing as a copy editor at Pocket Books in 1982.
Tony Chirico was appointed President of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group in February 2005, after having served as Executive Vice President and COO for the group (then known as the Knopf Publishing Group) since 2000. As President, he is involved in virtually all aspects of publishing, including title acquisitions, sales, marketing, operations production, personnel, and finance. In 2012, Tony was instrumental in the Group's Vintage imprint acquisition of the 50 Shades trilogy by E L James.
During his twenty-six-year career at the company, Tony has led the group through various organizational transitions. Among his most notable accomplishments is the successful operational and publishing assimilation of the Doubleday and Anchor divisions with the original Random House, Inc., divisions (Knopf, Pantheon, and Vintage) in 2009. Tony received the Bertelsmann Award for Outstanding Entrepreneurial Achievement in 2012.
Tony joined Random House as Business Manager in 1987. He has an MBA in finance and a degree in economics from CUNY.
Gabrielle Coyne has worked in the Australian publishing industry for more than twenty years. She began her career at Penguin in 1990 in the marketing department and became Marketing Director in 2000. In 2003 she was appointed Managing Director of Penguin Australia, and in 2006, New Zealand was added to her responsibilities. She was appointed CEO of Penguin Group Asia Pacific in October 2009 and has overseen the Penguin operations in Australia, New Zealand, China, South Korea, Singapore, and Malaysia.
A passionate supporter of the book industry, Gabrielle has held various positions on boards in the Australian publishing community. Most recently, she was Vice President of the Australian Publishers Association (APA), and while no longer on the board, she is a member of the Trade Publishers Committee of the APA. She is currently a founding board member of the Wheeler Centre, a Victorian government initiative and the centerpiece of Melbourne's designation as a UNESCO City of Literature; a member of World Vision Australia's Business Advisory Council; and an Advisory Councillor of the Victorian branch of the Australian Industry Group.
John Duhigg is DK Worldwide CEO, leading this multi-award-winning publisher and content provider. DK's bestselling content, nonfiction books, and digital products appeal to every age and stage of life, from preschool on, and range from food, travel, history, and the natural world. DK also incorporates the successful video game strategy publisher BradyGames and the nonfiction how-to publisher Alpha Books.
John started his career in retail with WH Smith before moving into the music industry, with stints in sales at EMI and A&M Records. He joined Penguin in 1991 as a Field Sales Representative and, after holding a number of sales positions at Penguin, moved to DK in 2000 as Sales Director. He was made Deputy CEO in 2009 and CEO in April 2012.
John is married to Genevieve and has two grown-up sons, Josh and Jake. He lives in London, but you will often find him traveling around the world to DK offices, spending a good deal of his time in the United States. He loves hanging out with his family, traveling for pleasure, eating great food, and adding to the fifteen thousand songs he has in his iTunes library.
Leslie Gelbman was named President of the Berkley/NAL Publishing Group, Mass Market Paperbacks, in 2001. She joined Berkley Books in 1989 as Editor in Chief and was named Publisher of Berkley in 1996 and President in 1998. Before joining Berkley, Gelbman was Editorial Director at Kensington Publishing.
Under Leslie's leadership, the Berkley/NAL Publishing group publishes close to one thousand titles under the Berkley, Jove, Ace, Signet, New American Library, Celebra, Roc, InterMix, Caliber, and InkLit imprints. Books in these publishing lines are produced in all formats, including mass market paperback, trade paperback, hardcover, and digital-only formats. Berkley and New American Library are proud to publish such bestselling authors as Charlaine Harris, J. R. Ward, Tom Clancy, Sue Grafton, John Sandford, Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Sylvia Day.
In addition, Gelbman personally edits many major bestselling authors, including Nora Roberts, Ken Follett, Patricia Cornwell, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Julie Garwood.
Ian Hudson began his publishing career in 1988, joining magazine publisher Marshall Cavendish as Financial Controller. In 1990 he became European Director, successfully restructuring the company's publishing businesses and returning it to profitability. Ian joined Random House U.K. in 1992 and played a leading role in its financial turnaround. In 1996 he was appointed to its Board as Group Commercial Director, and he simultaneously held the role of Managing Director of Random House Children's Books. In 1998, after the Random House acquisition by Bertelsmann, he was appointed Group Managing Director of the enlarged group and led its financial and operational integration. He became Deputy Group CEO in 2005, and he has spearheaded the group's growth strategy, including leading the acquisitions of controlling stakes in BBC Books and Virgin Books and overseeing the group's digital transition.
Ian was elected a member of the Supervisory Board of parent company Bertelsmann in November 2008, was Founding Chair of the Bertelsmann Operations Group, and is the current Chair of the Bertelsmann Management Representation Council. Ian is a former President of the Publishers Association. He is also a former Chair of the Publishers Association and Booksellers Association Liaison Group and of the Trade Publishers Council, as well as a former member of the government's Information Age Partnership (IAP). He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA). Ian was part of the team that successfully completed the deal to merge Penguin and Random House in July 2013.
Susan Petersen Kennedy has been President of the Penguin Group U.S. since 2001. Prior to accepting her current role as President, Susan was Chairman and Publisher of Viking Penguin, following the Penguin Putnam merger in 1997, and Publisher of Riverhead Books.
Susan originally joined the Putnam Berkley Group in 1994 to strengthen its nonfiction presence and to establish a new hardcover and trade paperback publishing house, which became Riverhead Books.
From 1982 to 1992, Susan was Executive Vice President of Random House, Inc., and President of the Ballantine Publishing Group. While there, she handled the acquisition of Fawcett Books and House of Collectibles.
Susan has been a past member of the Visiting Committee for Harvard University Press and a member of the Freedom to Publish Committee (an organization within the International Publishers Association set up to investigate censorship throughout the world). She has served as a board member of the Association of American Publishers and as a former Chair of its paperback publishing division. She has also been a member of the advisory board of the Women's Rights division of Human Rights Watch.
Susan is a true servant to the written word—words, ideas, and stories. She loves her work: the problems, the people, and the books. She has dedicated her life to writers, readers, and the people who bring them together.
A native of Nebraska, Susan is a cum laude graduate of Vassar College. She also holds an MFA from New York University.
Barbara Marcus is President and Publisher of Random House Children's Books, where she is responsible for overseeing all publishing and business activities. Random House Children's Books publishes many of the world's bestselling and most highly acclaimed authors and illustrators for young people today—including Dr. Seuss, Marc Brown, Roald Dahl, Carl Hiaasen, Lauren Kate, Christopher Paolini, Philip Pullman, Leo Lionni, James Dashner, Brandon Sanderson, Louis Sachar, Richard Scarry, and Markus Zusak—and is home to many of the most recognizable series licenses and characters in the world, such as Babar, Barbie, the Berenstain Bears, Disney, Little Golden Books, Nickelodeon, Pat the Bunny, Sesame Workshop, Junie B. Jones, and the Magic Tree House.
Prior to joining Random House in 2012, Barbara was Adviser to Open Road Integrated Media in the area of children's digital publishing and general strategy. She also served as Strategic Innovations Adviser to Penguin Books USA, focusing on new ventures and publishing opportunities.
Before that, Barbara was President of Scholastic's Children's Book Publishing and Distribution, where, for more than twenty years, she was responsible for all children's consumer book publishing and distribution in the United States, through school-based book clubs, school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs, school-based book fairs, and the retail channel. During her tenure, she led the expansion of the business from approximately $50 million to over $1 billion in annual revenue. After acquiring J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for publication in the United States in 1998, she also led the publishing effort for six of the seven Harry Potter titles.
Barbara began her career as Sales Associate, Bantam Lecture Bureau, after having graduated from Tufts University with a BA degree in American history.
Prior to his current position, Brad Martin served as President and CEO of Random House of Canada, after having held the position of COO, Executive Vice President, and Director of Sales and Marketing from 2004 to 2007. During his tenure, he led Random House of Canada to record success and oversaw the organic growth of its Canadian publishing program, which contributed to the company being recognized as Publisher of the Year in 2013.
Brad joined Bantam Doubleday Dell as Vice President and Director of Sales and Marketing in 1998. When the company merged with Random House of Canada, later that year, he oversaw the integration of the sales and marketing teams.
Previously he served in a variety of sales and marketing positions at Penguin Books Canada. He was named Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 1989 and, in 1996, was appointed President of Penguin Books Canada. He joined Penguin Books Canada as Sales Representative in 1984.
Brad is a member of the board of Ludia, Inc., a Fremantle company based in Montreal. He is also President of the Canadian Publishers' Council and has overseen many Random House of Canada philanthropic initiatives, including the creation of Open House, a festival showcasing the company's authors, with all proceeds going to charity.
Brad began his publishing career in 1981 at the Canadian publisher McClelland & Stewart. He was educated at McGill University and the University of Toronto.
Maya Mavjee became President and Publisher of the Crown Publishing Group in January 2010. In this position, she oversees and fosters the creative and editorial vision and direction of each of Crown's publishing divisions, which include Crown, Crown Archetype, Clarkson Potter, Ten Speed Press, and Waterbrook Multnomah. The Crown Group is a diverse program of imprints whose bestselling authors include President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Gillian Flynn, Erik Larson, Rebecca Skloot, Ina Garten, Yotam Ottolenghi, Mindy Kaling, and Chip and Dan Heath.
Previously, Maya served as Executive Vice President of Random House Canada and Publisher of the Doubleday Canada Publishing Group, from 2000 to 2009. Under her leadership, Doubleday Canada evolved into an award-winning division. She is responsible for launching the Anchor Canada and Bond Street Books imprints, under whose auspices she published many award-winning authors, including Chris Cleave, Mohsin Hamid, David Adams Richards, Margaret Atwood, Moyez Vassanji, and Vincent Lam.
Maya has more than twenty years of experience in the publishing business, having held previous positions at HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., Stoddart Publishing Company Ltd., and Bantam Doubleday Dell Inc., prior to joining Random House Canada.
Madeline McIntosh was appointed COO of Random House, Inc., in 2012, after having served as the company's President of Sales, Operations, and Digital for nearly three years. She is responsible for overseeing digital and print sales, operations, fulfillment, IT, corporate digital product development, corporate digital marketing, author services development, audio and travel publishing, and third-party distribution.
During previous periods, Madeline served as the Head of the Random House Audio Publishing Group and the Head of Random House Adult Sales. She originally joined the Random House predecessor Bantam Doubleday Dell in 1994, in the New Media department, from which she went on to create the trade book industry's first online sales organization.
Madeline graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Fine Arts in 1991.
Ajai Singh "Sonny" Mehta is Editor in Chief of Alfred A. Knopf Publishers. He is also Chairman of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, which includes Knopf, Doubleday, Nan A. Talese, Pantheon, Schocken, Vintage/Anchor, and Everyman's Library.
Since his arrival at Knopf in 1987, Sonny has maintained and enhanced the house's international reputation for literature and bookmaking of the highest quality. He is also highly regarded for his innovative direction of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, particularly for the complete redesign and expansion of Vintage Books. Long a quality trade paperback publisher, it is now the leader in its field. In 1991, he orchestrated the relaunch of Everyman's Library—one of the most extensive and distinguished libraries of classics in the world—in beautifully printed, affordable hardcover editions. During his time at Knopf, Sonny has worked with and published many notable authors, including John Banville, Bill Buford, Peter Carey, Bill Clinton, William Dalrymple, Katherine Dunn, James Ellroy, Nora Ephron, Katharine Graham, Robert Harris, Carl Hiaasen, Kazuo Ishiguro, P. D. James, Michael Ondaatje, Stieg Larsson, Simon Sebag Montefiore, Jo Nesbo, Graham Swift, and Anne Tyler.
Under Sonny's leadership, Knopf Doubleday authors have been awarded 34 Pulitzer Prizes, 12 National Book Awards, 30 National Book Critics Circle Awards, 6 Man Booker Prizes, and 3 Nobel Prizes. In 2011, the London Book Fair presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in international publishing.
Born in India in 1942, Sonny was educated at the Lawrence School, Sanawar, and at Cambridge University. Prior to joining Knopf, he worked with such notable authors as Ryszard Kapuscinski, Germaine Greer, and Douglas Adams. He began his publishing career in London as an Editorial Assistant at Rupert Hart-Davis Ltd., before going on to found Paladin Books. Following that, he was Editorial Director of Granada Paperbacks, comprising the Panther, Mayflower, and Paladin imprints. In 1972, he served as Editorial Director and, later, Publishing Director of Pan Books, where he was instrumental in establishing the highly successful Picador trade paperback imprint.
Andrew is currently CEO of the self-publishing business Author Solutions, based in Indianapolis. He was appointed to this position in May 2013. Prior to that, he was based in Delhi and President of Penguin International, which is comprised of Penguin India; there, he acted as CEO and President of the Penguin business in Africa and the Middle East and of DK India.
He had previously been at DK since 2003, where his most recent position was Deputy CEO for DK Worldwide, specifically responsible for global sales and marketing and digital publishing. His previous roles at DK included COO for DK Worldwide (responsible for DK's international business, DK India, digital sales and content development, creative operations, and DK Images), and Managing Director of International Publishing and Licensing.
Prior to joining DK, Andrew was at Electronic Arts, the worldwide market leader in entertainment software. He worked in various capacities over a six-year period, including positions in business development and leading the third-party publisher/developer distribution program, the strategic sales and licensing division, and the online business in Europe.
Andrew began his career at McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, where he was responsible for the educational publishing business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In this role, he managed the educational sales and marketing teams, the editorial team, and new media and multimedia product development and established a European languages copublishing program.
Andrew is married to Lucy, and they have two children: Elodie, fourteen, and Monty, twelve. The family loves to travel, but when he's not on the move, Andrew regularly plays tennis and squash.
Frank Steinert was previously the Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Random House. He was promoted to that position in November 2011, after having served the dual function of Divisional Head of Human Resources worldwide and Head of the human resources department in the United States. After joining the company in 2008, Frank reshaped the role of human resources at Random House, transforming the department into a valued business partner for its U.S. divisions. He introduced several game-changing global HR programs and initiatives, such as the first consistent performance and development program and the creation of the Random House Campus, a suite of global development offerings, which launched in 2010 with a global exchange program and was soon followed by the Random House Circle and the Random House Editorial Conference, in 2011 and 2012. Since 2008, he has also represented Random House in the Bertelsmann HR Committee, a cross-divisional group of senior executives who have defined and set the Bertelsmann HR agenda and strategy.
Prior to joining Random House, Frank spent nearly eight years at Arvato Systems in Guetersloh, Germany, first as Director of Legal Affairs, from 2001 to 2004, and subsequently as Head of Human Resources and Legal Affairs, from 2004 to 2008.
Previously, he worked for nearly three years at Rademacher und Kollegen in Bayreuth, Germany, the first two as a junior lawyer and the third as an attorney. Frank holds an Executive MBA in accounting and controlling from the University of Muenster in Germany.
Don Weisberg grew up in the Bronx and has spent his entire adult life in the book publishing business. He started working at Bantam Books in 1980 and spent twenty-eight years in numerous roles at, first, Bantam, then Bantam Doubleday Dell, and later Random House. He left Random House in 2007 as COO, and a year later he joined Penguin Children's Books as President and Publisher.
Don has been married for twenty-six years to Erin Gathrid. They have two children: Shane, a freshman at Dartmouth, and Evan, a junior in high school. They live in Westchester, outside of New York City.
Tom Weldon was brought up in London. He studied history at Oxford University, then was hired as a graduate trainee by Macmillan. After three years as a nonfiction commissioning editor there, he joined William Heinemann, then owned by Reed Elsevier. He spent nine years there as an Executive Editor; American Editorial Director, based in New York; and Publisher of the imprint.
In 1997 he moved to Penguin as Publishing Director of Michael Joseph. In 2001 he became Managing Director of the Penguin General division (then comprising the Michael Joseph, Viking, Hamish Hamilton, Fig Tree, and Penguin Ireland imprints). He was made Deputy CEO of Penguin U.K. in 2009 and CEO in January 2011.
In July 2013, he was appointed the first CEO of Penguin Random House U.K.
Tom has also attended London Business School. From the age of nine, Tom has had a passion for horse racing. In his view, gambling is very important to publishing as well. He does not find it surprising, therefore, that he fell in love with publishing on his first day at Macmillan, and that love has never gone away.
Coram Williams was formerly CFO of the Penguin Group. He was appointed to that position in April 2008, after working as Head of Financial Planning and Analysis for Pearson since September 2005.
Coram was previously Finance and Operations Director for Pearson Education's English Language Teaching business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (ELT EMA), responsible for the finances of two U.K. divisions, four operating companies, and two regional offices across that area.
During this time, he also served as Interim President of Pearson Education Italia. Prior to this, his first role in Pearson PLC was Financial Strategy and Planning Manager for Pearson Education U.K.
Coram began his professional career at Autocar, a British motoring magazine, as a news reporter and road tester. He then joined Arthur Andersen; this move led to positions of increasing responsibility for Arthur Andersen Business Consulting and Arthur Andersen Worldwide.
A graduate of Christ Church, Oxford, Coram also holds an MBA from London Business School. He is married and resides in New York.