Immediate Past Chair
Chief Executive Officer
Penguin Random House
As CEO of Penguin Random House since June 1, 2008, Markus Dohle leads the world’s largest publisher of general interest books. He oversees Random House’s worldwide publishing divisions, whose 200 editorial imprints publish annually 10,000 new adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction titles in English, German, and Spanish. Random House sells 400 million print, audio and e-books a year across the globe.
Under Mr. Dohle, Random House’s mission is to attract and nurture the most creative talent, to publish the best books, and bring them to everyone, everywhere, in every format and on every device. Random House’s worldwide roster of #1 bestselling authors also includes more than 50 Nobel Prize laureates and more than 100 Pulitzer Prize winners.
Mr. Dohle’s entire professional life has been devoted to the support and service of authors, publishers, booksellers, and readers. He is currently advancing Random House’s transition to digital publishing while maintaining the company’s leadership in print books. Random House has almost 47,000 new and backlist e-books available, the most from any trade book publisher internationally.
As a member of the Executive Board of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, he and his fellow Board colleagues are responsible for setting the strategic direction for one of the world’s foremost media companies. He began his career with Bertelsmann in 1994, rising quickly to several subsequent leadership positions.
Mr. Dohle serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of American Publishers, the National Book Foundation, and the Atlantic Council.
He lives in Westchester County, New York with his wife, Karin, and their two children, Julia and Niklas.