Member of the Executive Board, Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
As CEO of Penguin Random House since July 1, 2013, Markus Dohle leads the world's largest trade book publisher, with operations in 20 countries and sales into over 100. He oversees Penguin Random House’s worldwide publishing divisions, whose 250 editorially independent imprints publish 15,000 new adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction titles annually in English, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. Each year, Penguin Random House sells more than 700 million print, audio and e-books across the globe.
Under Mr. Dohle, Penguin Random House’s mission is to foster a universal passion for reading by partnering with authors to help create stories and communicate ideas that inform, entertain, and inspire, and to connect them with readers across the globe. Penguin Random House’s worldwide roster of fiction and non-fiction writers includes many of the world’s most widely read and beloved authors, more than 60 Nobel Prize laureates, and over 100 Pulitzer Prize winners.
Mr. Dohle’s entire professional life has been devoted to the support and service of authors, publishers, booksellers, and readers. Before the merger of Penguin and Random House in 2013, Mr. Dohle headed Random House, where he led the company’s transition to digital publishing while maintaining its world market leadership in print books. As a combined company, Penguin Random House now has more than 100,000 new and backlist books available digitally, and over 100,000,000 eBooks were sold worldwide in 2015.
As a member of the Bertelsmann Executive Board, Mr. Dohle and his fellow Board colleagues are responsible for setting the strategic direction for one of the world’s foremost media companies. He began his career with Bertelsmann in 1994, rising quickly to several subsequent leadership positions.
Additionally, Mr. Dohle is Vice Chairman of the Association of American Publishers. He also serves on the PEN Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors of the National Book Foundation, and on the International Advisory Committee of the Atlantic Council.
Julie Burland is the CEO of Penguin Random House Australia and New Zealand. She was appointed to this position in 2015.
Prior to this, Julie was the Director of Business Development and the Children’s Division at Random House Australia, in charge of publishing, sales, marketing and publicity. She transformed the Children’s Division into a highly successful and profitable business, while publishing books to critical acclaim.
Julie also established Random House’s Business Development department in 2007, where her role included sales to non-traditional markets, as well as the development of the export business, a successful custom publishing program and an ebook sales program.
Upon joining Random House Australia in 2000, Julie worked in Sales, eventually leading the team in 2005. During this time, she achieved record sales for, among many, Dan Brown, Christopher Paolini and brands such as MasterChef.
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.
Azia Cheng (Yilin Cheng) was appointed CEO of Penguin Random House North Asia in September 2017. Prior to this, Azia was the Head of Sales at Penguin Random House China, overseeing the sales of new and backlist titles published by Penguin Random House globally.
Azia started working for Penguin China as a Sales Representative in 2008 and was promoted to the Head of Sales in 2010. During this time, she developed special sales and customized publishing programs in the Chinese market, especially in children's books. Azia also established strong branding for Penguin Random House main series and characters such as Peppa Pig, Eric Carle, Peter Rabbit, and Spot. She's been instrumental in growing international export sales in the region.
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.
Steve has over thirty years of publishing experience, beginning with Longman Group in 1986, in international sales. During that time he has managed publishing companies in Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mexico, Argentina and England.
In 2000 he moved from his position as President, Pearson Education Cono Sur (Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay) to manage Struik Publishers in Cape Town. Then after four years as MD of New Holland Publishing in London he returned to South Africa in 2012 to manage Random House Struik, then led the merger with Penguin South Africa to create Penguin Random House South Africa, the largest trade publisher in the country.
In his years in publishing, Steve has been tasked with business turnarounds and mergers in a number of different countries with very different cultures.
Prior to working in publishing Steve was a university lecturer in South Africa, teaching African and Islamic history and has degrees from the University of Sussex and the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.
Ian was appointed DK CEO in July 2016 and is responsible for this multi-award-winning global publisher, creating books in over 60 languages, selling to over 100 countries with offices across the globe.
Ian began his career in publishing at magazine publisher Marshall Cavendish, where he became European Director. Ian joined Random House in 1992, working in a number of commercial, operations and publishing roles before becoming Deputy Group CEO of Random House in 2005. In this capacity Ian led, amongst other things, the company’s strategic development and digital transition. Ian was part of the team that successfully completed the deal to merge Penguin and Random House in 2013. Post merger, Ian was appointed to two roles, as CEO of Penguin Random House International (English Language) and Deputy CEO of Penguin Random House UK. In these capacities led the operational integration of the two companies outside North America. In his International role, Ian oversaw the Penguin Random House businesses in Australia, New Zealand, India, China, Singapore and South Africa.
Ian was elected a member of the Supervisory Board of Bertelsmann in 2008, chairs the Bertelsmann Management Representation Committee, and was founding chair of the Bertelsmann UK Operations Group. Ian is a former Council Member and President of the UK Publishers Association, and is currently a Non-Executive Director of Which?, the commercial arm of the UK Consumers Association.
Jen Loja was appointed President, Penguin Young Readers in December 2015. In this capacity, she oversees all publishing and business for each of Penguin Young Readers’ publishing divisions, which include Dial, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Kathy Dawson Books, Nancy Paulsen Books, Philomel, PSS!, Puffin, Speak, Putnam, Viking, Razorbill, and Frederick Warne. These imprints publish such acclaimed, award-winning authors and illustrators as Jay Asher, Judy Blume, Jan Brett, Eric Carle, Kristin Cashoew, Ally Condie, Roald Dahl, Drew Daywalt, Matt de la Pena, Tomie dePaola, Sarah Dessen, Anna Dewdney, John Flanagan, Gayle Forman, John Green, John Grisham, Oliver Jeffers, Mike Lupica, Richelle Mead, B.J. Novak, Richard Peck, and dozens of other popular authors. Penguin Young Readers is also home to perennial brand franchises such as the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, Peter Rabbit, Spot, the Classic Winnie the Pooh, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Madeline, Mad Libs, the Rangers Apprentice, and Who Was?, among many others.
Jen joined Penguin Young Readers in March 2009 as Vice President, Associate Publisher. Previously, Jen was Associate Publisher at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She began her career in books as a buyer for Joseph-Beth Bookseller before moving into sales at both Candlewick Press and Houghton Mifflin, where she was responsible for the wholesale channel as well as Canadian sales. She joined Harcourt in September of 2004 as VP of Sales, Children’s Books and was named VP of Sales & Marketing, Children’s Books in 2007. At the merger of Houghton Mifflin and Harcourt she became the Associate Publisher of the HMH children’s list.
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 President of the Penguin Publishing Group in September 2014. In this capacity, she oversees Penguin’s adult publishing business in the U.S., which, in addition to Penguin Books, includes the Ace, Avery, Berkley, Blue Rider Press, Celebra, Current, Dutton, Gotham, Hudson Street Press, InterMix, New American Library, Pamela Dorman Books, Penguin Press, Perigee, Plume, Portfolio, Putnam, Tarcher, Riverhead, Sentinel, Viking, and Viking Studio imprints.
Previously, Madeline served as the first President and COO of Penguin Random House U.S., and, prior to the merger, as COO of Random House, Inc. In these roles, she was responsible for overseeing digital and print sales; operations, fulfillment, and IT; digital strategy, product and marketing development; author services development; audio and travel publishing; and third-party distribution.
Madeline 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.
Gaurav is the CEO of Penguin Random House India. He oversees the companies operations in the South Asia region publishing across adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction titles. Under Gaurav’s leadership, Penguin Random House has become the leading publisher in the region and is home to many of the region’s most widely read and beloved authors.
Gaurav joined Bertelsmann in 1999 in the highly coveted Bertelsmann Entrepreneurs Program and has held a number of senior positions across the company, having lived and worked in South East Asia, Australia, Germany, New York and China prior to being named Managing Director of Random House India in 2009 and taking over the helm of Penguin Random House India on July 1, 2013. He has worked in a number of key roles for the company including in strategy & M&A, content, new media & digital and change management building businesses from start up to scale.
Born in India in 1970, Gaurav was educated at the Lawrence School, Sanawar and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Statistics from St. Xaviers College, Mumbai and an MBA from The Melbourne Business School.
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.
Claire von Schilling is Executive Vice President, Director, Corporate Communications at Penguin Random House. In this global role, she oversees media relations, internal communications, branding, social responsibility, including corporate giving, and public affairs. She is focused on telling the company story and building the corporate brand with key stakeholder audiences. She was a global lead for the pre-merger communications for Penguin Random House, oversaw the development of the combined company’s brand identity, and has since initiated and launched a number of internal and external publicity and brand campaigns.
Claire joined Random House as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications in 2011. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Corporate Communications at Sony Music, which she joined when the company was SONY BMG in 2006. She had previously worked in Corporate Communications at Bertelsmann, the majority shareholder of Penguin Random House. Claire started her career in Washington, DC handling Public and Government Affairs and Corporate Foundation management at a division of Ford Motor Company at the time, Mazda North American Operations. Claire holds a graduate degree from Johns Hopkins University. She lives just outside of New York City with her husband and son.
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.