November 23, 2017

Book News: Random CEO Peter Olson Quits; Markus Dohle Named Successor

  • Steps down after ten years to pursue academics
  • Oversaw integration of Bantam

Random House announced that Peter Olson, its ten-year chair and CEO, is leaving his office to pursue a life in academia. Markus Dohle immediately was named his successor. Random said that during Olson’s tenure, the publisher “enhanced its position as the global trade-book publishing market leader, greatly increasing profitability through the sale of more than four billion books globally, over 4000 bestsellers in 19 countries and five languages, as well as with eight new Nobel Prize winners.” Olson also oversaw the integration of Bantam Doubleday Dell under the Random umbrella.

Dohle comes to Random from his current post as CEO of Arvato Print, also a Bertelsmann company.