Event Recap

New Atlanticist

Mar 10, 2021

‘This is the best time in publishing ever,’ says Markus Dohle

By Larry Luxner

Books are now enjoying their biggest renaissance since Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in the fifteenth century, says the CEO of Penguin Random House, Markus Dohle.

Resilience Resilience & Society

The Atlantic Council hosted on March 8, 2021, a conversation with Penguin Random House CEO, Markus Dohle.

On the heels of a year of unprecedented disruption from the global COVID-19 pandemic, a decade of digital revolution in the publishing industry, and mere weeks following the announcement of Penguin Random House’s acquisition of Simon & Schuster, Markus Dohle stands at the helm of the world’s largest trade book publisher. 

In a unique conversation, Dohle discussed Penguin Random House, the broader publishing industry, and the important role that storytelling plays in strengthening our social discourse, lifting diverse voices and experiences, and promoting democratic values around the globe.

The Atlantic Council GeoEconomics Center was pleased to present this live, online conversation as part of the #ACFrontPage event series, our premier ideas platform spotlighting global leaders who are championing constructive solutions to global challenges. The initiative aims to facilitate a wide-ranging debate about US foreign policy by drawing together cutting-edge and out-of-the-box thinkers to question key assumptions and challenge conventional approaches. It is committed to building a comprehensive strategy for America’s global engagement that will help policymakers to manage risks, set priorities, and allocate resources wisely and efficiently, as they work to advance American security and prosperity and shape the global future. 

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Penguin Random House CEO, Markus Dohle

Markus Dohle

Penguin Random House

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