Industry Notes: PRH USA’s International Sales Teams; Taylor & Francis, Jisc in Deal

In News by Porter Anderson

Business in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East is touched by adjustments in PRH’s international sales and marketing leadership, as Taylor & Francis partners with Jisc in the UK on open access.

In Shanghai, January 12, one of the Japanese Tsutaya Books locations. Image – iStockphoto: Robert Way

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Cyrus Kheradi Announces Realignment
As Publishing Perspectives readers know, the daily international wealth of personnel changes in book publishing are more than we’re normally able to cover.

Today (April 16), however, we have word of a realignment in international sales and marketing teams at Penguin Random House USA, and these have such extensive reach into so many parts of the world publishing marketplace, that we want to mention them for our readers whose business will involve the key players.

Cyrus Kheradi

These announcements come to us from Cyrus Kheradi, PRH USA’s senior vice-president of international sales and marketing, and have relevance to business in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

The changes reflected here, Kheradi says, “enable us to streamline our efforts and to better collaborate with our publishing divisions and clients with greater speed and efficiency, as well as take advantage of exciting new sales growth opportunities in all our distribution channels around the world.”

The adjustments, reported in terms of team members who will be advancing the publisher’s export business, are presented in two parts–those continuing to report directly to Kheradi, and those who, effective immediately, begin reporting to him.

Continuing as Direct Reports to Cyrus Kheradi

From left are Richard Callison, Anke Reichelt, and Mike Zaug

  • Richard Callison is promoted to vice-president, international sales director, online and digital
  • Anke Reichelt is promoted to vice-president, international sales director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa
  • Mike Zaug is promoted to vice-president, international sales director for Americas, special markets, operations and education
  • Iris Hsieh is promoted to director for East Asia sales and product management: China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan

Newly reporting to Hseih are Asia-based sales managers Ianne Tseng, Gloria Cheng, and Boyoung Shin.

Newly Reporting to Cyrus Kheradi

  • Jennifer Javier is promoted to associate sales director for Southeast Asia
  • Keri Horan is promoted to senior manager, international marketing and publicity
  • Andy Augusto continues in his current role as associate director, Penguin adult imprint and Latin America sales, continuing to report to Mike Zaug for sales in Latin America
  • Kaia Hilson is promoted to senior manager, Penguin Random House Publisher Services international imprint sales
  • Julia Huschke is promoted to senior manager, international imprint sales (KDDG, PYRG, RHCB, RHPG)

Newly reporting to Huschke are Rachel Jacobs (PYRG, associate manager, international imprint sales), and Catherine Kramer (RHCB, manager, international imprint sales).

As part of this realignment, Akiko Iwamoto, the regional sales director for Asia, and Tony Lutkus, senior director for international marketing and imprint sales, will leave the company later this month.


In the UK: Taylor & Francis in Deal with Jisc

As you may know, the humanities and social sciences commonly don’t find funding as easily for scholarly research publication as do authors working in disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and medicine.

The Taylor & Francis Group—which characterizes itself as publishing 9 percent of the United Kingdom’s humanities and social science research—this week has announced an agreement with the Bristol-based nonprofit educational digital services provider Jisc to provide participating Jisc members with an open-access allowance to cover 100 percent of “the current levels of UK research that Taylor & Francis has been publishing on a subscription basis.”

Researchers are to be provided with what Taylor & Francis says is “frictionless open access publishing” at no cost to them “with a streamlined and optimized workflow.”

Participating members are being invited to sign up for an initial three-year period and have the option to extend for a further two years.

The program includes:

  • Open-access publishing for UK authors up to an agreed cap, in Taylor & Francis’ Open Select journals, on a first-come first-served basis at no cost to the author
  • Reading access to subscription content based on current holdings
  • Provision of integrated library and author open-access infrastructure including the Taylor & Francis research dashboard

In a prepared statement, Taylor & Francis CEO Annie Callanan is quoted, saying, “This deal provides author choice across the spectrum of journals published by Taylor & Francis Group, and underscores the commitment to supporting UK research excellence and impact.

“Beyond this deal, we’re keen to explore ways to work collaboratively with Jisc to encourage good open research practices: whether via a traditional journal article in front of the paywall, through to sharing all research data, methodologies, and associated research. This deal is the first step on that path.”

At Jisc, the company’s head of licensing, Anna Vernon, says, “This agreement is a vital step toward making open access the default for UK research and we are very pleased to open up publishing opportunities to all Taylor & Francis Group journals.”

She adds that the agreement “limits costs to subscription expenditure only.”


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Porter Anderson is a non-resident fellow of Trends Research & Advisory, and he has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As as an arts critic (National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.