On Thursday afternoon, Chiki Sarkar, publisher, Penguin Random House India (PRHI), announced her departure from the company to pursue new opportunities.
In the press release that was sent out by PRHI, Sarkar said, “I have had eight extraordinary years in Penguin Random House- eight years in which I have grown and acquired more ambition and confidence than I ever imagined. I want to thank everyone in the company and will always be a friend and support to them.”
As evening progressed, news of the resignation of four other senior-level employees of the company emerged.
Last week, Nandini Mehta, senior editor, and Gavin Morris, head of the design department, had put in their papers; on Tuesday, R Sivapriya, managing editor, and Jayashree Ram Mohan, head of the copy editors’ team submitted their resignation letters as well.
While Sarkar leaves the company on April 23, the others will serve a month’s notice each.
Gaurav Shrinagesh, CEO, PRHI, has announced that Meru Gokhale, editor-in-chief, literary, Milee Ashwarya, editor-in-chief for commercial and business, and Udayan Mitra, associate publisher, will take over Sarkar’s duties.
Sarkar is likely to start her own publishing firm.