Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle is one of five people named by PEN America to its board of trustees. Dohle was recognized as PEN America's Publisher Honoree "for his commitment to defending free expression and access to literature." Also joining the board are Lauren Embrey, president and CEO of the Embrey Family Foundation; Buzzfeed culture editor Saeed Jones; and authors Dinaw Mengestu (All Our Names) and Hanya Yanagihara (A Little Life).
"As threats to free expression multiply in every corner of the world--public libraries, university campuses, foreign news bureaus, social media algorithms, and beyond--it is crucial to PEN America to engage an ever-widening community from the worlds of publishing, journalism, activism, and philanthropy to protect this freedom for all," said Suzanne Nossel, the organization's executive director. "We are thrilled to add the visionary leadership of Markus, Lauren, Saeed, Dinaw, and Hanya to an already formidable board of trustees guiding PEN America's path forward."