Nearly a year after acquiring self-publishing platform Author Solutions, parent company Pearson has appointed one of its own to head the operation, replacing CEO Kevin Weiss, who will leave the company “take up a new position” to be announced next week.
The new CEO is Andrew Phillips, who has been with the company for more than ten years, most recently as president of Penguin International based in Delhi. He has also held senior-level positions at DK and gaming company Electronic Arts.
ANDREW PHILLIPS APPOINTED CEO OF AUTHOR SOLUTIONS
Penguin today announces that Andrew Phillips is to become CEO of Author Solutions, Penguin’s self-publishing business, starting on 1st July. He succeeds Kevin Weiss who will leave to take up a new position which will be announced separately next week.
Andrew Phillips has been with the Penguin Group for more than ten years, most recently as President of Penguin International based in Delhi. His current remit covers the Penguin businesses in India, Africa and the Middle East. Previously, he worked for global reference publisher DK as Deputy CEO overseeing global sales and marketing and digital strategy and also headed up the International Publishing and Licensing division. Prior to joining DK, Andrew worked for Electronic Arts, the worldwide leader in entertainment software, and started his career at McGraw-Hill.
Penguin Chairman and Chief Executive John Makinson commented: “This is a bitter-sweet announcement because we shall be sorry to lose Kevin, who has provided the stability and clear leadership that Author Solutions needed in the year after our acquisition. But I always recognised that Kevin would seek fresh pastures in time and that a new chief executive from within Penguin would connect the business more closely to Penguin’s curated publishing activities. Andrew’s impressive range of talents and experience equip him perfectly to extend the international development of Author Solutions, to build on our network of publishing partnerships, and to strengthen the ties with Penguin companies around the world.”
Andrew Phillips commented: “I am delighted to be joining Author Solutions after more than ten years in the Penguin family. To my mind, self-publishing is the fastest-growing and most dynamic area of the publishing economy. The launch of Partridge, the first Penguin Author Solutions partnership in India, gave me firsthand experience of the huge opportunities that exist both in developed and emerging markets. I am greatly looking forward to working with the talented Author Solutions team, and all our publishing partners, at this exciting time.”
Author Solutions is the world’s leading provider of professional self-publishing services. Formed in 2007, it has successfully enabled more than 170,000 authors to self-publish more than 200,000 titles. In July 2012, Pearson announced the acquisition of Author Solutions, giving Penguin a dominant position in this fast-growing segment of the publishing industry and significant opportunity for the two companies to collaborate. Partridge, Penguin’s new self publishing imprint in India, launched in February this year.