Margaret Thompson to leave Penguin Random House New Zealand

Auckland, 11 July 2017: Penguin Random House today announce that Margaret Thompson, Managing Director, Penguin Random House New Zealand, will leave the company on 28 July.
 
Julie Burland, CEO Penguin Random House Australia said: “Margaret’s contributions to Penguin Random House are many and indelible, having been responsible for discovering, developing, and selling many of our most successful Australian and New Zealand authors.”
 
“Margaret has made a unique contribution to our business, and she has been an outstanding advocate of books and reading in New Zealand. She will be deeply missed as a colleague and leader.”
 
Margaret was appointed Managing Director of Penguin New Zealand in 2005. She was responsible for the acquisition of the Mallinson Rendel publishing assets in 2009, including the global bestselling Hairy Maclary books by Lynley Dodd, which have sold over ten million copies worldwide. She also oversaw the integration of Reed Publishing with Penguin in 2007 resulting in the acquisition of a local list which has generated strong sales opportunities and additional revenue.
 
In 2014 Margaret was appointed Managing Director of Penguin Random House New Zealand and has mentored and shaped the New Zealand PRH team, nurtured new talent and discovered new writers, many of whose books have gone on to become bestsellers.
 
As a result of Margaret’s departure, a new management structure will be put in place for Penguin Random House New Zealand: Debra Millar, Publishing Director; Siobhan Clare, Marketing & Publicity Director; and Carrie Welch, Sales Director, will all report directly to Julie Burland, CEO Penguin Random House Australia and New Zealand.
 
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Penguin Random House New Zealand
Ph: +64 9 442 7485