TORONTO, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - Random House of Canada, the country's largest
trade book publisher, today announced that John Neale, a veteran of the
publishing industry for over 30 years, will retire as Chairman at the end of
Mr. Neale has been Chairman of Random House of Canada since 1999 when the
former Random House merged with Bantam Doubleday Dell. Under his leadership,
Random House of Canada has evolved into Canada's preeminent book publisher,
with a program international in scope and committed to publishing the finest
established and new Canadian authors. Random House of Canada publishes
approximately 250 adult and children's fiction and nonfiction hardcovers and
paperbacks a year, by authors as varied as Bill Bryson, Don Cherry, Jean
Chrétien, Doug Coupland, L.Gen. Roméo Dallaire, Joy Fielding, Wayne Johnston,
Naomi Klein, Anne Marie MacDonald, Ian McEwan, David Adams Richards, Salman
Rushdie, Miriam Toews and M.G. Vassanji. Celebrated for literary excellence as
well as commercial success, Random House of Canada has won three Publisher of
the Year awards since 1999, and has had five Giller Prize winners, eight
Governor General's Award winning titles and one Canadian-originated Booker
Prize winner with Life of Pi, along with numerous other awards.
John Neale is widely admired for his empathetic management style and his
vision for our business, as well as his considerable knowledge and insight
about the Canadian publishing industry. He is also recognized for having
developed a strong executive team, led by Brad Martin, whom Neale recruited in
1998 as Sales and Marketing Director, and who assumed the role of President of
Random House of Canada in 2006, and succeeded Neale in the role of Chief
Executive Officer last year.
Says Martin, "John Neale is one of the great leaders in Canadian
publishing. He has made an invaluable contribution to the industry, and has
built a great company that my colleagues and I are proud to be a part of. I
have learned enormously from John and have had the good fortune to consider
him both a mentor and a friend."
Born in 1949 in Montreal and educated at Princeton and York Universities,
Mr. Neale joined the publishing industry in 1974 as a trade sales rep for
McClelland & Stewart, selling to Eastern and Northern Ontario bookstores.
Hired by Allan MacDougall and Peter Taylor at M&S, Neale would visit his
accounts on two-week sales trips with his beloved black Labrador dog, Raider.
Mr. Neale became Trade Sales Manager at McClelland & Stewart in 1976 and
subsequently joined Bantam Doubleday Dell in 1984 as Vice President,
Publishing Division, responsible for Doubleday Canada. He added the
responsibility for Sales & Marketing for Bantam Books Canada in 1988 and rose
to the position of President and Publisher, Doubleday Canada and Seal Books,
and President of Bantam Books Canada by 1994. In 1999, the company merged with
Random House of Canada and Neale was named Chairman.
Peter Olson, former Chairman and CEO of Random House worldwide, has said,
"Without John Neale, Random House of Canada would not be the publishing
powerhouse it is today. His vision for the company he brought together has led
Random House of Canada to outstanding fiscal results and literary
John Neale was indispensable to developing the new relationship between
Random House of Canada and McClelland & Stewart that began in 2002, and his
astute, sensitive association has ensured the best interests of both companies
are being met. He has held a seat on the McClelland & Stewart Board since
Neale is warmly regarded and respected throughout the Canadian publishing
industry and by colleagues around the world. Over the years, Neale has been
involved with many industry organizations and has held the position of
President of the Canadian Publishers Council and Chairman of the Book and
Periodical Council. He was also on the Steering Committee for the Canadian
Book Industry Supply Chain Initiative and continues to be a member of the
longstanding Bookpersons' Lunch group.
Chairman of the Board of McClelland & Stewart Avie Bennett said, "John
Neale is a giant of Canadian publishing, figuratively as well as literally. He
is a gifted administrator who has guided Random House deftly to becoming a
significant player on the Canadian publishing scene. That all goes without
saying. But above all, he is a mensch, whose kindness, humour and joy in
living have made him friends wherever he goes. We can all hope that his
retirement gives him the chance to develop his already prodigious talents for
the enjoyment of life."
John Neale's retirement will begin January 1, 2009. A private reception
to celebrate his career with Random House of Canada will be held in Toronto on
Random House of Canada Limited is the Canadian division of Random House,
Inc., the world's largest publisher of general interest hardcover, paperback
and audio adult and children's fiction and nonfiction books. Random House of
Canada Limited is home to the prestigious and long-standing Canadian imprints
Doubleday Canada, Knopf Canada, Random House Canada, Vintage Canada, Anchor
Canada and Seal Books. Random House is the book publishing division of
Bertelsmann AG, one of the world's foremost media companies.
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