Now that McClelland & Stewart's absorption into Random House of Canada is complete, the imprint will live on in the form of the newly merged McClelland & Stewart Doubleday Canada Publishing Group. Kristin Cochrane will oversee the group -- which also encompasses Signal, Tundra, Bond Street Books, Anchor Canada, Doubleday Canada Books for Young Readers, and Appetite by Random House -- as its newly promoted executive publisher and evp, Random House of Canada Limited.
Additionally, Doug Pepper takes on the role of publisher of Signal/McClelland & Stewart and vp Random House of Canada, and Ellen Seligman moves up to publisher of M&S and vp, Random House of Canada. The company also promised that "editorial identities of the imprints will remain distinct" and "there are no plans to reduce staff."
"When we assumed full ownership of McClelland & Stewart in January we committed to further developing its tremendous print and digital publishing potential as we build upon its incomparable cultural heritage,” Random House of Canada president and ceo Brad Martin in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon. "We remain passionately dedicated to doing so. In this increasingly transformative and economically challenging publishing landscape, this positioning for McClelland & Stewart and Doubleday Canada will best enable us to achieve our ambitious and broad-ranging goals for our authors."