The Bookseller reports on top level changes in the Indian publishing industry.
HarperCollins has recruited two Penguin publishers to lead its expansion in the Indian market. V K Karthika takes on the role of publisher and chief editor at HarperCollins India, overseeing its local publishing programme, while Krishan Chopra is joining as publisher and chief editor of Collins Business and Fourth Estate.HarperCollins India had earlier announced its plans of publishing in Indian languages.
Both come from Penguin India, where Karthika was executive editor and rights director, with additional roles of publisher for Puffin, Ladybird and Penguin Malayalam. Chopra was executive editor and publisher for the Portfolio imprint. Karthika will be responsible for the “growth and vision” of the local publishing program, including the management of the editorial and rights teams at HarperCollins India. Chopra will develop the Collins Business list in India, with titles focused on management, finance and economics. His list will also include span current affairs and politics. The pair will report to HarperCollins India chief executive P M Sukumar.
“Strong, experienced local leadership is critical in achieving our goal of becoming a true global publisher,” said HC Worldwide president and chief executive Jane Friedman. “We are excited about the growth potential of India’s burgeoning publishing industry. These appointments will help HarperCollins define its presence in India, as well as support the company’s global objectives.”
Publisher's Weekly adds,
Karthika’s responsibilities include the publishing of fiction, self-help, new-age, religion, spirituality, children’s, narrative non-fiction, and travelogues. Chopra will develop the Collins Business list in India with titles focused on management, finance and economics. In addition Chopra’s list will include select titles across a number of general categories such as current affairs, politics, biographies, science, and technology.