Robert Wheaton

Chief Operating Officer, Penguin Random House Canada

Robert Wheaton is Chief Operating Officer at Penguin Random House Canada, where he has worked since 2011. His responsibilities include sales, marketing, consumer insights, customer operations, terms negotiations, and digital strategy. Flagship projects have included Hazlitt, an online magazine which has received eight National Magazine Award gold medals since its launch in 2012; and Penguin Shop which opened in summer 2016. A former web developer, Robert provided website solutions for cultural organizations and institutions (art galleries; museums; magazines) and consulted for educational institutions. From 2005–2011, Robert worked at Indigo Books & Music, including as Director of Inventory Management. Robert’s professional interests include digital content development, business strategy, organizational structure, and how businesses can derive the best results from teams — and provide the most engaging work environments — at times of complex structural change. Robert is also a published writer and brings an author’s perspective to his professional responsibilities.

Robert's Sessions

The End of Broadcast Media and Publishing’s Hidden Radicalism

Are we witnessing “the end of broadcast media”? Technological developments are accelerating business consolidation, fracturing and recombining audiences, and disrupting everything down to workplace culture. To what extent will this further reach publishing — and must the industry be the passive object of inevitable change? In this talk, Robert will suggest that our industry can […]
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