Newsweek ex-editor Jon Meacham to join Random House

Meacham will assume the post of executive vice president of the Random House Publishing Group in Jan

Jon Meacham, Newsweek magazine's top editor who left the title after its acquisition by Sydney Harman, will join book publisher Random House.

The publisher announced on Wednesday that Meacham will assume the post of executive vice president of the Random House Publishing Group in January, The New York Times reports.

A Pulitzer prize-winning author and accomplished journalist, Meacham will also be executive editor at the publishing house, and will report to Gina Centrello, the president and publisher.

His main responsibilities will include acquiring and editing non-fiction titles, focussing on history, religion and biography.

Before taking over the top position at Newsweek in 2006, Meacham served more than a decade at the magazine as managing editor, national affairs editor and writer.

Meacham is the latest prominent editorial figure to shift from the magazine industry to book publishing, notes The New York Times. Ruth Reichl, former editor of Conde Nast's Gourmet, moved to Random House as editor at large in September.