Top Gotham publishing execs played musical chairs on Monday, as Random House editorial topper Daniel Menaker stepped down from his position, while Penguin Press No. 2 Scott Moyers announced he was becoming an agent.
In response to Menaker’s departure, Random announced it would up executive veep Kate Medina to the role of associate publisher and veep Jennifer Hershey to the job of senior veep.
Company also said it has hired Kurt Andersen, the New York mag columnist and former editor of that mag, as an editor at large who will be charged with bringing in select nonfiction projects.
No official replacement for Menaker was expected.
Also on Monday, Moyers, who has been a longtime editor under Penguin Press topper Ann Godoff in several of Godoff’s roles, will join the Andrew Wylie agency. Tenpercentery has traditionally sold many books to Godoff and Moyers.
Penguin and Godoff said they have hired Eamon Dolan, the Houghton Mifflin editorial topper who has edited books such as “Fast Food Nation,” the basis for the recent Fox Searchlight film, to replace Moyers.
Menaker, who has worked with authors such as Salman Rushdie, had joined Random House in early 2003 in the wake of Godoff ankling the company, in part to appease concerns in the lit world that the company would abandon its tradition of prestige titles.
Menaker is leaving to concentrate on teaching and writing, Random House said. Editor is the author of several books, including “The Treatment,” the movie version of which was recently released by New Yorker Films.