Mike Bryan, who was hitherto working as International Sales and Marketing Director for Penguin in the UK and the US, has been appointed as CEO and President of Penguin India. His new appointment is effective from September 1. He replaces Thomas Abraham who is moving onto the Hachette Group.
Bryan has been with Penguin for 27 years, and would now be based in Delhi. During his tenure, Penguin’s international markets have delivered impressive sales growth, said an official communiqué. In addition to leading a large international sales team, his team most recently managed the sales of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ in the majority of export markets, the communiqué added.
John Makinson, Chairman and Chief Executive, Penguin, said, “Mike is one of Penguin’s most talented and experienced senior executives. His international experience and Penguin pedigree will bring a real understanding of the opportunities for Penguin in India, as well as strengthen our Indian connections with Penguin in the rest of the world. Managing Penguin India is one of the most important jobs in the company, and I am delighted that an individual as outstanding as Mike will be taking the helm.”
Bryan commented, “I am really excited to join the Penguin India team and look forward to work with such an outstanding group of colleagues. Penguin India is the envy of all trade publishers with one of the most dynamic publishing lists in the world. India is going through an exciting and rapid expansion, and it is going to be a real privilege to be part of it.”