Earlier this week, it was announced that David Davidar, president and publisher of Penguin Canada, had been named CEO of Penguin International, a new division aimed at fostering business in emerging markets around the world. As a result of Davidar’s new responsibilities, Penguin Canada announced yesterday some high-level changes of its own, due to take effect in the new year.
Nicole Winstanley, currently executive editor of fiction, will take over from Davidar as publisher of Penguin Canada. Meanwhile, Diane Turbide, who oversees the company’s non-fiction publishing program (except for business and lifestyle), is being promoted to publishing director of Allen Lane Canada, a new non-fiction imprint that will launch in 2010. And managing director Andrea Magyar will be relinquishing most of her editorial responsibilities to focus on the company’s custom publishing division; her new title will be vice-president of business development. (Magyar will report directly to Davidar, while Turbide will report to Winstanley.)
In other changes, rights and contracts director Lisa Rundle will oversee the company’s e-publishing initiatives, taking over some of the responsibilities of business manager Adrienne Leahey, who will take on a broader role for Penguin International. (Rundle’s new title is director of rights and digital management, reporting to Winstanley.) Jennifer Notman is being promoted to editor of children’s publishing (also reporting to Winstanley), and in the marketing and publicity division, Lindsey Lowy is being promoted to marketing director, and Debbie Gaudet will become publicity director, both continuing to report to vice-president of publicity and marketing Yvonne Hunter.