Penguin Random House India CEO Gaurav Shrinagesh has announced the appointment of Nandan Jha as VP Product and Sales for Penguin Random House in India. Former Senior VP Sales Ananth Padmanabhan is leaving Penguin Random House to head HarperCollins India as its new CEO. Padmanabhan replaces P M Sukumar at HarperCollins India who had recently resigned.
Jha, who fulfilled the same role at Random House India prior to the merger with Penguin in 2013, will be responsible for all sales and product development across the company. He will take up his new position with immediate effect.
“I am absolutely delighted to be taking up this new role and look forward to continuing to work with the entire Penguin Random House sales team, along with our valued author, distributors and retailers, to ensure our books reach their widest possible readership,” said Jha.
“As a company we have immense talent and depth and with many years of experience Nandan is the ideal candidate to continue to build our business in India and South Asia,” said Shrinagesh. He has a background across the book trade as a retailer, entrepreneur with his own venture publishing in Hindi and English as well as heading sales and marketing for several international publishers. This wealth of knowledge will continue to ensure that our readers can obtain Penguin Random House books, wherever and however they wish to buy them.”