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Penguin Children’s creative director, Ronnie Fairweather retires

Penguin Random House Children’s creative director, Ronnie Fairweather has announced her retirement after nearly 30 years with the publisher.

Fairweather joined Penguin in 1987 as children’s art director and was responsible for all books published under the Hamish Hamilton, Warne, Puffin and Viking Kestrel imprints.

In her time with the company, Fairweather art-directed hundreds of covers and contributed to the design and creative treatment of numerous books.

In her role as creative director from 2007, she worked across the Penguin Ventures business on a variety of high profile projects, including executive producing the Peter Rabbit animation for the BBC, which was co-created bv Penguin, BBC and Nickelodeon.

Francesca Dow, MD at Penguin Children’s, said: “I would like to thank Ronnie for her extraordinary support and contribution to our children’s business over the past 30 years.

“Ronnie is part of our creative backbone and this together with her invaluable knowledge of the heritage of our brands has resulted in the success of many recent projects for Penguin Children’s.

“We will miss her unique wit and character. We wish her much happiness in the future.”

Fairweather added: “Penguin has been an incredible rollercoaster of a ride and I have had amazing opportunities, met some extraordinary people and made great friends.

“The last couple of years have been full of new ideas and projects and I feel that I am leaving on a real high.

“Leaving Penguin is really just the end of a chapter for me – not the end of the book.”

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