Brad Martin is retiring as CEO of Penguin Random House Canada effective June 30. Kristin Cochrane, who has served as president and publisher of PRH Canada since 2015, will take over as CEO on July 1.
Martin began his career in 1981 as a sale representative for McClelland Stewart. He joined Penguin Books Canada in 1984, and was later named president of that company in 1996. He left for what would become Bantam Doubleday Dell Canada in 1998 and rose to the position of CEO of Random House of Canada in 2007. Finally, in 2013, he assumed the role of CEO of the newly formed Penguin Random House Canada. He will be remembered for, among numerous accomplishments, the acquisition and integeration of McClelland Stewart’s assets into PRH Canada.
Cochrane joined Doubleday Canada in 2005 as associate publisher and has been with the company ever since. She has become one of the most recognizable and powerful women in Canadian media. With her new position, she will oversee sales, finance, operations, human resources, marketing and publicity.
In his letter announcing her promotion, PRH CEO Markus Dohle observed that “as a leader, Kristin has an impressive track record of mentoring and empowering her publishing teams to make our iconic Canadian imprints even more successful.”