The appointment starts January 3rd. Meacham will both acquire and edit nonfiction titles. The editor won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for his Random House-published title, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House.
Random House imprint publisher Susan Kamil had this statement: “Jon will help us carry forward the Random House nonfiction publishing tradition, with a particular emphasis on works of history, biography, and religion … I look forward to working closely with Jon.”
Update: Meacham this statement: “For more than a decade, I have had a splendid relationship with Random House as an author, and now it feels natural to extend this relationship into a role as a contributor to their publishing program. I love editing, I love books, and I love the people at Random House, which always has felt like the right place for me. I have benefited enormously over the years as an author from the terrific work of Gina Centrello, my editor Kate Medina, and the greater Random House publishing team.”