PRH: Applebaum in 'Emeritus' Role, Von Schilling Promoted
Penguin Random House announced changes to its corporate communications group, with Stuart Applebaum moving into a "more flexible work schedule" as emeritus executive v-p and Claire von Schilling taking on an expanded role as senior v-p, director, corporate communications.
Applebaum has worked in publishing communications for 43 years, beginning as a publicist and publicity director for Bantam Books and going on to head communications at Bantam Doubleday Dell, Random House and Penguin Random House. PRH CEO Marcus Dohle observed that Applebaum "has presented and explained--with clarity, intelligence and farsightedness--our news, our vision, and our values to the wider world. What stands out to me most about Stuart is not just the decades and volumes of accomplishment from his 24/7 work ethic, but his ongoing drive and commitment to our company."
Applebaum will now "step aside from his current responsibilities and assume a new full-time role that is as unique as he is," Dohle added. "From his office and online, Stuart will continue the excellent collaboration he has with Claire, advising her and working with our colleagues on key communications issues and opportunities."
Von Schilling joined PRH three years ago, after working in public and government affairs in Washington, D.C., as well as for Bertelsmann and Sony Music. Dohle noted that "she approaches her work both thoughtfully and strategically, and with an inclusiveness and openness that have made her a trusted and valued member of the Penguin Random House team."
Since joining PRH, von Schilling "has been instrumental in our many major communications initiatives since. At the same time that she has effectively managed high-profile projects such as the development and launch of our global brand identity and the worldwide planning and implementation of our pre- and post-merger communications, Claire has also been an understated force, offering wise counsel and hands-on support to many colleagues and to me on a variety of topics of importance to our company."