President and publisher of Penguin Books Kathryn Court “has decided to retire” at the end of December after 42 years of leading the line. Penguin Publishing Group president Allison Dobson calls it “one of the most accomplished and admired careers in book publishing. Throughout her decades of leadership, Kathryn has been a Penguin standard bearer ensuring literary excellence, commitment to supporting new voices, and passion for delighting readers around the world.”
Brian Tart will expand his role in January to serve as president and publisher of both Viking and Penguin. At Penguin, Patrick Nolan is promoted to vp, deputy publisher and will report to Tart. Publisher of Penguin Classics Elda Rotor will report to Tart as well, and associate editor Victoria Savanh now reports to Nolan.
While Penguin will continue to publish the trade paperback editions of Penguin Press titles, that program will be overseen by Penguin Press associate publisher and director of marketing Matt Boyd and reports to Ann Godoff.