Egmont Unifies its Kids Business

Egmont is bringing its international children's publishing activities together under a new management structure, following the formation of the new Egmont Publishing division within the Egmont Group.

Egmont Publishing unifies the Egmont Magazines and Egmont Kids Media businesses, to create a single international publishing house.

Rob McMenemy, formerly senior vice president of Egmont, English-language and Western Europe and head of U.K. business, has been named chief executive officer, international.

His remit will include all international territories under the former Egmont Kids Media, excluding the Nordic countries.

"I am immensely proud to be leading our new international business,” says McMenemy. “We are Europe's largest children's publisher and a vibrant and exciting business focused on providing great content. I am looking forward to working with our partners and to building on the heritage and success of Kids Media."

The formation of Egmont Publishing has led to a strengthening of the company’s children's publishing activities in several countries.

In the U.K., Egmont is bringing together its fiction and licensed character book businesses–Egmont Press and Egmont Publishing Group, Books–to form a single children's book business called Egmont Books. The new combined book business will be led by Cally Poplak, currently managing director of the U.K.'s fiction, classics and picture book business at Egmont Press.

Following McMenemy's promotion, Poplak is taking on the role of Managing Director, Egmont U.K. in addition to her role as head of Egmont Books, covering the U.S. and U.S. Gillian Laskier will move from her role as group sales director to become managing director of Egmont Magazines.

"This reorganization of the U.K. business comes as part of our commitment to keep the business strong and profitable in a media landscape with fast changing consumer behaviors,” says McMenemy. “Uniting the two books businesses creates many advantages and under the leadership of Cally and the new U.K. management team I am certain that Egmont U.K. will continue to have a very successful future."