Joanna Prior has been named the new CEO of Pan Macmillan. Current CEO Anthony Forbes Watson will step down in early 2022, but will continue to advise Stefan von Holtzbrinck and the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. Prior has worked as managing director of Penguin General Books in the UK for 12 years, and has been with Penguin for 23 years, rising in the ranks from publicity and marketing. “The decision to leave was not an easy one but Pan Macmillan is a company I’ve always admired; it is, in fact, where I had my first permanent job in publishing.” Macmillan CEO Don Weisberg said, “Joanna’s reputation as an industry trailblazer is far-reaching. Her blend of creative talent and commercial acumen is evident in the successes at Penguin General. She is results-driven and ambitious for the books and authors while having a reputation for being a leader who is inclusive and mission-focused.”
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