Chip Gibson has stepped aside from his position as president/publisher at Random House Children’s Books. Barbara Marcus will take Gibson’s place.
Random House Chairman/CEO Markus Dohle made the announcement in a memo sent to Random House employees this morning. He praised Gibson’s work. He wrote:
Chip has transformed the workplace culture at Children’s and impacted young readers everywhere – not just with their beloved books but also with their genuine commitment to philanthropy and community service. With Children’s enjoying a successful 2012, and well set for the future, Chip feels he has accomplished almost everything he originally set out to do professionally. Now, he wants to take an extended break from work.
Dohle also welcomed Marcus. He wrote:
Barbara is one of the most qualified, and sought-after, children’s books leaders in our industry, as revered for her publishing track record as she is for her great heart and team-building — values that align with the Random House culture. And this is why Barbara agreed to join us and help shape the future of the world’s most special trade book publishing company.
According to her LinkedIn page, Marcus served as president of Children’s Books Publishing and Distribution at Scholastic for two decades. Most recently, Marcus has worked as an advisor for Open Road Media and Penguin.