Penguin Group (USA) Appoints Doug Whiteman Executive Vice President, Business Operations

New York, New York, May 14, 2008 ... David Shanks, CEO, Penguin Group (USA), today announced that Doug Whiteman, President, Penguin Young Readers Group, is taking on a new role as Executive Vice President of Business Operations, Penguin Group (USA), effective May 19, 2008.

David Shanks commented, "Our Penguin Young Readers Group, under the leadership of Doug Whiteman, has achieved outstanding bestseller success and solid results that have earned the division well-deserved respect across the industry. I'm very pleased that the overall corporation will now benefit from Doug's talents as he steps into a broader executive role."

As Executive Vice President of Business Operations, Penguin Group (USA), Mr. Whiteman will be responsible for working closely with David Shanks on overall business strategy for the corporation, including identifying growth opportunities in such areas as technology and emerging markets. He will also be working on global initiatives with Nigel Portwood, who was recently appointed Executive Vice President, Global Operations for Penguin Group. In addition to these new responsibilities, Mr. Whiteman will maintain a day-to-day role in the business affairs of the Young Readers division. Before becoming President of Penguin Young Readers Group in 1997, Mr. Whiteman previously held a number of executive positions on the adult and juvenile sides during the course of his more than 25-year career with the company.

Doug Whiteman said, "I am looking forward to this great opportunity to work more closely with David Shanks and Nigel Portwood, and make full use of my leadership skills and years of publishing experience to help identify and establish growth opportunities in the U.S. and abroad. My time spent running the Young Readers division and working with one of the most creative and talented young readers teams in the industry has been incredibly rewarding. I'm happy that I will continue to stay involved with the day-to-day business affairs of the Group."


Penguin Young Readers Group is off a strong start in 2008, with 17 New York Times bestsellers to date—ahead of last year's record pace—including The Big Field by Mike Lupica (Philomel), Sarah Dessen's Lock & Key (Viking Children's) and Just Listen (Puffin), Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (Razorbill) and Rangers Apprentice by John Flanagan (Philomel).

Highly anticipated Penguin Young Readers titles coming later in 2008 include Influence by Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen (Razorbill, November), Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Grosset & Dunlap, August), Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett (G. P. Putnam's, September), Brava Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola (G. P. Putnam's Sons, October), and Paper Towns by John Green (Dutton Children's, October).

Penguin Young Readers Group achieved a record 38 New York Times bestsellers in 2007, including Slam by Nick Hornby (G.P. Putnam's Sons), a #1 New York Times bestseller, Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz (Philomel Books), The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett (G.P. Putnam's Sons), Summer Ball by Mike Lupica (Philomel), and Seeing Redd (The Looking Glass Wars) by Frank Beddor (Dial). Last year, Penguin Young Readers Group books and authors also won several prestigious awards. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (Dutton) won the Michael L. Printz Award Honor for excellence in literature written for young adults. The Road to Paris by Nikki Grimes (Putnam) won the Coretta Scott King Book Award Honor.

Penguin continues to lead the industry in achieving young adult New York Times bestsellers by such national bestselling adult authors as Clive Cussler, Jan Karon and Mike Lupica. 2007 was the Group's strongest year yet for this phenomenon and included such New York Times bestsellers as Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth (Viking); Nick Hornby's first book for young adults, Slam (G. P. Putnam's Sons). Robert B. Parker's first book for young readers, Edenville Owls (Philomel); Mike Lupica's Summer Ball (Philomel), the sequel to his New York Times #1 best seller, Travel Team; and Berkeley Breathed's Mars Needs Moms! (Philomel). Breathed is a Pulitzer-prize winning cartoonist and creator of Opus and Bloom County.

Penguin Young Readers Group includes preeminent imprints such as Dial Books, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Philomel, Puffin, Speak, Firebird, G. P. Putnam's Sons, Viking, and Frederick Warne. These imprints are home to such award-winning, New York Times- bestselling authors as Laurie Halse Anderson, Frank Beddor, Judy Blume, Jan Brett, Eric Carle, Roald Dahl, Tomie dePaola, Sarah Dessen, John Green, Eric Hill, Anthony Horowitz, Brian Jacques, Mike Lupica, Richard Peck, Patricia Polacco, and dozens of other popular authors.

Penguin Young Readers Group is also the proud publisher of perennial brand franchises such as The Little Engine That Could, the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, Peter Rabbit, Spot, the Classic Winnie the Pooh, the Very Hungry Caterpillar, Strega Nona, Madeline, Mad Libs, Alex Rider, the Rangers Apprentice, Skippyjon Jones, Flower Fairies, and Pippi Longstocking, among many others.

Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. member of the internationally renowned Penguin Group. Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S. adult and children's trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks, including Berkley Books, Dutton, Frederick Warne, G.P. Putnam's Sons, Grosset & Dunlap, New American Library, Penguin Books, The Penguin Press, Philomel, Plume, Puffin, Riverhead Books and Viking, among others. The Penguin Group ( is part of Pearson plc, the international media company.


Marilyn Ducksworth
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Dave Zimmer
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