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Penguin Random House India announced new publishing, sales and marketing leadership appointments and a cross-company organizational structure, effective April 1.

Penguin India publisher Chiki Sarkar will become publisher of Penguin Random House India, reporting to Penguin Random House India CEO Gaurav Shrinagesh. (She was previously Random House India’s first editor-in-chief in 2006.) Milee Ashwarya and Meru Gokhale will both serve as publishing director, Penguin Random House India, reporting to Sarkar. Gokhale will have responsibility for Vintage India, Allen Lane, Hamish Hamilton, Viking and Classics; Ashwarya will oversee Ebury India, Random Business, Portfolio, Metro Reads, Shobhaa De Books and Penguin Ananda.

Hemali Sodhi will take the new role of director, children's for Penguin Random House India, while continuing to manage corporate communications for Penguin India "for the foreseeable future." Caroline Newbury will become vp, marketing and corporate communications for Penguin Random House India.

Marketing director at Graywolf Press Michael Taeckens will be moving back to North Carolina from Minneapolis in mid-May to run his own marketing & publicity business. He will continue to work for Graywolf on select projects on a freelance basis.

Harper UK and the family of Doris Lessing are holding an open celebration of her life on April 7 in London at 3 PM.

Columbia University Press has announced the death earlier this month of Stephen Fischer-Galati, 89, publisher of the over 800-volume East European Monographs series they distribute. Interim director Jennifer Crewe said, "A prolific scholar himself, Fischer-Galati was a respected force in the dissemination of knowledge of East and Central Europe's history, culture, and society through the East European Monographs series. We all immensely enjoyed working with him and are proud to be the exclusive worldwide distributor of these esteemed books."