New Delhi: Publishing house Penguin Random House India on Thursday said its publisher Chiki Sarkar will leave on 23 April to pursue new opportunities, after eight years with the company.

Following her departure, the publishing house’s editorial function will be managed by its editor-in-chief (literary) Meru Gokhale, editor-in-chief for commercial and business Milee Ashwarya and associate publisher Udayan Mitra. They will report to Gaurav Shrinagesh, chief executive of Penguin Random House India.

“We are sorry to say goodbye to Chiki but respect her decision that it is time to try something new. Through her work at both the separate and then our combined company, she has helped mould Penguin Random House into the leading international publisher in the country," Shrinagesh said.

“She has an ability to spot fine writing and strong ideas and turn them into bestsellers and we wish her the very best for all future endeavours," he said in an emailed statement sent by the company.

“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," said Sarkar.

Sarkar has worked with Penguin Random House India (and its separate companies) since 2006. Her first role was as the editor-in-chief of the then newly-founded Random House India. She then left to become publisher of Penguin Books India in 2011 and has held the same role at Penguin Random House India since 2014, when the two companies merged.

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