Penguin Random House have announced its new sales leadership structure with Mike Symons appointed as Group Sales Director (UK and International) Penguin Random House UK and Garry Prior appointed as UK Sales Director, Penguin Random House UK.
Mike has been Penguin Group Sales Director since 2007 with responsibility for the UK, digital and international markets for the Penguin business. He joined Penguin 14 years ago and has held a number of roles across the sales teams during that time. Prior to this Mike worked at Thomas Cork and also the Reed Publishing Group.
Mike will report to Ian Hudson, Deputy CEO, Penguin Random House UK, and will lead the teams selling into the UK and international markets. Penguin and Random House International Sales Directors, Dean Chance and Simon Littlewood will report to Mike.
Garry, currently Random House Group UK Sales Director, has been Random House Group Sales Director since 2006, having begun his sales career in 1986 at Transworld, where he first started work in 1980 in a sales and marketing role. Reporting to Mike, Garry will lead the UK sales teams across Penguin Random House UK.
Naomi Fidler, UK Sales Director, Penguin, will report to Garry and will continue to run the adult and children’s sales team within Penguin and will add responsibility for the Penguin Special Sales team to her remit. Ed Christie, UK Sales Director, Random House will continue reporting to Garry, and will add the responsibility for Random House Sales Development to his role.
Tom Chicken Penguin UK Digital Sales Director is appointed to the new role of Penguin Random House UK Digital Sales Director and will assume responsibility for UK eBook sales for the whole of Penguin Random House UK. Nigel Waters, Random House Group Commercial Director, who currently leads commercial eBook negotiations across Penguin Random House UK and who, with Ben Wright, Random House Director Digital Sales and Channel Development, has driven international sales growth for Random House, will extend his responsibility across all our eBook sales in our international markets.
Tom and Nigel’s teams will work exceptionally closely across the global digital landscape so at all times to ensure the business is best placed to react to market changes.
John Faiers, Penguin Group Field Sales Director, will now report to Garry and he will continue to run the Penguin Field team. There is no change for Kevin Redmond, Random House, Group UK Field Sales Director, and both he and John will work with both field teams to make sure we complement each other and continue to champion the Independents sector.
Brian Davies, Random House, Head of Operations (UK and Overseas) hands his sales responsibilities to Mike to allow him to focus specifically on the integration of our UK IT and distribution systems. He will also focus on developing our Penguin and Random House Struik businesses in South Africa while continuing to work closely with Penguin Random House India.
Ian Hudson, said: “Since we became Penguin Random House, teams across our merged company have been working together creatively to share their knowledge, develop new strategies and take advantage of shared opportunities.
“Nowhere has this been more true than in our sales divisions. I am delighted that both Mike and Garry have accepted their new roles which will help our sales teams work even more closely together to achieve our business goals.
“I am sure everyone will join me in congratulating both Mike and Garry and all our sales colleagues as we wish them every success in the future.”