Executive Biographies

 

Jonathan Karp
President and Chief Executive Officer

Jonathan Karp was named President and CEO of Simon & Schuster in May 2020. In this role, he is responsible for all the publishing and operations of Simon & Schuster’s numerous publishing groups as well as its international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom.

Mr. Karp first joined Simon & Schuster in June 2010 as publisher of the company’s flagship imprint. During his tenure, he oversaw the publication of bestselling authors such as Hillary Rodham Clinton, Doris Kearns Goodwin, John Irving, Walter Isaacson, David McCullough, Susan Orlean, and Bob Woodward, while launching acclaimed books by Jonah Berger, Bill Browder, Rinker Buck, Lisa Halliday, Chip and Dan Heath, Adam Higginbotham, Siri Hustvedt, Saeed Jones, Naomi Klein, Jessica Knoll, Samin Nosrat, Vaddey Ratner, Matthew Thomas and Rebecca Traister. Other notable authors and cultural figures brought to the imprint’s list during Mr. Karp’s tenure include Tom Brady, Stephen Colbert, Ray Dalio, Clive Davis, Nelson DeMille, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Brian Grazer, Sam Lipsyte, Gucci Mane, Chris Matthews, John McCain, Martha Nussbaum, Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Howard Stern, Andrew Sullivan, and Herman Wouk.

Among the highlights of Mr. Karp’s ten years as publisher were the publication of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, What Happened by Hillary Clinton, Fear by Bob Woodward, Frederick Douglass by David Blight (winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History), Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen, In One Person by John Irving, The Library Book by Susan Orlean, and the launch of Mobituaries by Mo Rocca, an acclaimed book and podcast co-produced with CBS Sunday Morning.

In 2018, Mr. Karp was named President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, encompassing the company’s New York–based adult trade publishing: Atria Books, Gallery Books, Scribner, Simon & Schuster, Touchstone and their associated sub-imprints and lines. During his tenure, the adult group launched a successful new imprint, Avid Reader Press, and established the Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau.

Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, Mr. Karp was Publisher and Editor in Chief of Twelve, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group, which he founded in 2005. At Twelve, Mr. Karp published numerous highly-acclaimed bestselling works, including True Compass by the late Edward M. Kennedy, God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens, Losing Mum and Pup by Christopher Buckley, Columbine by Dave Cullen, Nurtureshock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, and War by Sebastian Junger.

Prior to founding Twelve, Mr. Karp was Editor in Chief of Random House, where he began his publishing career in 1989 as an editorial assistant and worked for sixteen years. At Random House, Mr. Karp acquired and edited an eclectic and diverse list of bestselling fiction and nonfiction titles including Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand, Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson, What Should I Do With My Life? by Po Bronson, Thank You For Smoking by Christopher Buckley, Faith of My Fathers by John McCain and Mark Salter, Franklin and Winston by Jon Meacham, The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean, The Last Don by Mario Puzo and The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl.

He has also edited fiction by Steven Bochco, Elizabeth Frank, Eric Garcia, Neil Gordon, Rupert Holmes, C.J. Hribal, David Ignatius, David Liss, and Mark Winegardner; and works of nonfiction by Alan Alda, Henry Alford, Marcia Angell, Sally Bedell Smith, Buzz Bissinger, Alex Berenson, Joel Glenn Brenner, Vicki Constantine Croke, Gregg Easterbrook, David Frum, Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose, John Harris, Gary Hart, Miles Harvey, Constance Hays, Donald Katz, David Kushner, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Eric Liu, Jeffrey Rosen, David Plotz, Kenneth Pollack, Gary Rivlin, Jim Rogers, Ron Rosenbaum, Jonathan Schwartz, Billy Shore, Carol Spinney, Mike Stanton, Donna Summer, Kara Swisher, John Taylor, Andrew Tobias, Donald Trump, Paul Wellstone, Juan Williams, Michael J. Wolf, and Mitchell Zuckoff.

Mr. Karp earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and his Master of Arts degree from New York University. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, The American Scholar, and The Washington Post and contributed a chapter to What Editors Do: The Art Craft & Business of Book Editing (The University of Chicago Press). He also wrote the book and lyrics to a musical, How to Save the World and Find True Love in 90 Minutes, which premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival and had a brief Off-Broadway run.

 

 

 

 

Jon Anderson
President and Publisher
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division

Jon Anderson was named President and Publisher of the Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division in October 2013. Mr. Anderson joined the company as Executive Vice President and Publisher of the Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division in January 2009.

Mr. Anderson is responsible for the overall operations for the Children’s Division including editorial, design, production, publicity, marketing and licensing activities, while overseeing a publishing portfolio that serves every category of the children’s publishing business from toddler to teen, while maintaining an extensive backlist that includes numerous Newbery, Caldecott and National Book Award winners.  Recent award-winning and bestselling titles and series include the 2014 Caldecott Medal winner LOCOMOTIVE by Brian Floca, the #1 New York Times bestseller WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY? by Ylvis, the Christopher Award winner THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE by William Joyce, THE CONTRACT by Derek Jeter (part of Simon & Schuster’s partnership in Jeter Publishing), THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series by Cassandra Clare, and the DORK DIARIES series by Rachel Renee Russell, as well as the 2012 Michael L. Printz and William C. Morris Debut Fiction Award-winner, WHERE THINGS COME BACK by John Corey Whaley, Caldecott Honor winner CREEPY CARROTS! by Peter Brown and the National Book Award winners GOBLIN SECRETS by William Alexander and THE THING ABOUT LUCK by Cynthia Kadohata.

In addition, Mr. Anderson oversees the ongoing publication of numerous  beloved high-profile continuing characters, franchcises and classics including ELOISE, OLIVIA, PEANUTS, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, NANCY DREW, THE HARDY BOYS, CHICKA, CHICKA, BOOM BOOM, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS and ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE HORRIBLE NO GOOD VERY BAD DAY, among hundreds of other timeless children’s stories.

Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, Mr. Anderson was the President and Publisher of Running Press Book Publishers, a division of Perseus Books Group.  There he was responsible for revitalizing and expanding the publisher’s children’s program to include middle grade and young adult fiction.  Before that, Mr. Anderson was at Penguin Putnam, Inc., where he was Vice President and Publisher of Price Stern Sloan and Penguin’s DreamWorks publishing program. Prior to Penguin, Mr. Anderson spent seventeen years at B. Dalton Booksellers/Barnes & Noble in positions ranging from sales clerk while in high school to head of the chain’s children’s buying division.

Mr. Anderson is an active member of the children’s book publishing community, and serves as the Chair of the National Coalition Against Censorship and on the board of the Children’s Book Council.

He is also the author of over twenty-five children’s books under the pseudonym William Boniface, with cumulative sales of more than two million copies.  He divides his time between New York City and Connecticut.

 


 

Jennifer Bergstrom
Senior Vice President and Publisher
Gallery Publishing Group

Jennifer Bergstrom was named Senior Vice President of the Gallery Books Group in August 2017.  In her position, she has full responsibility for all the publishing, editorial, publicity, marketing and other functions and activities of the Gallery group.

Ms. Bergstrom has been with Simon & Schuster since 1998 when she joined the company as Editorial Director for the launch of the Simon Spotlight imprint. In 2004 she helped create Simon Spotlight Entertainment (SSE) – an imprint targeting the 18-35 year old demographic. In 2009 she was named Editor in Chief of the newly formed Gallery Books imprint, and was promoted to Vice President and Publisher in 2013.

During her career Ms. Bergstrom has published numerous notable bestselling books and authors, including HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT’S ME, CHELSEA by Chelsea Handler, Oliver Stone’s THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES and THE GIRL WITH THE LOWER BACK TATTOO by Amy Schumer. Other authors Ms. Bergstrom has published and worked with include social media stars Tyler Oakley and Miranda Sings, celebrities Samantha Bee, Tommy Chong, Grace Jones and Stanley Tucci, novelists Lisa Genova and Mary Alice Monroe and former Secret Service agent Clint Hill.

In 2015, Ms. Bergstrom led the launch of Scout Press, which has achieved both critical and commercial success with books by authors including Bill Clegg and bestselling suspense writer Ruth Ware, author of the #1 bestseller THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10. Ms. Bergstrom also spearheaded the introduction in 2017 of Gallery 13, a line of well-received graphic books.

Ms. Bergstrom has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Barnard College at Columbia University. She lives in New York City.

 


 

Ian Chapman
Chief Executive and Publisher, Simon & Schuster UK and International

Ian Chapman was named Chief Executive and Publisher, Simon & Schuster UK and International in July 2013. In this position, Mr. Chapman has full responsibility for the publishing, editorial, marketing and sales functions of Simon & Schuster UK, publishing a full range of adult, children’s and audio titles in both printed and digital formats.  The company currently publishes about 450 titles per year, of which 30 percent originate from the parent company.

Mr. Chapman also holds overall responsibility for Simon & Schuster Australia and in 2011 added responsibility for Simon & Schuster India.

Mr. Chapman joined the company in January 2000 as Managing Director and CEO of Simon & Schuster UK. During his tenure notable authors and books include CHRONICLES by Bob Dylan, WILSON by Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg and HARD CHOICES by Hillary Rodham Clinton.  The company is home to numerous bestselling and critically acclaimed authors including #1 bestseller Philippa Gregory, Jackie Collins, Lynda La Plante, Tom Rob Smith, Graham Swift, Philipp Meyer, Martin Cruz Smith, Rachel Hore and Santa Montefiore. The company has also enjoyed great non-fiction success including the one million copy UK bestseller THE SECRET by Rhonda Byrne, Sex Pistol John Lydon’s autobiography ANGER IS AN ENERGY and numerous award- winning sports titles including Brian Moore’s BEWARE OF THE DOG and David Walsh’s SEVEN DEADLY SINS.

Under Mr. Chapman’s direction, Simon & Schuster UK’s children’s publishing program has also achieved bestselling success with locally originated titles including …LOVE UNDERPANTS titles, the works of Sophie McKenzie, and globally published works including Rachel Renee Russell’s DORK DIARIES and HUSH, HUSH by Becca Fitzpatrick. In summer 2014 S&S UK also achieved great success with four bestselling LOOM MAGIC titles aimed at the worldwide phenomenon,.

Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, Mr. Chapman was Managing Director of Macmillan General Books, with overall publishing responsibility for the Macmillan, Picador, Pan and Sidgwick & Jackson imprints.   He has also held editorial and publishing positions at Pan Macmillan, Hodder & Stoughton, and in the United States at William Morrow, Berkley, and Doubleday.   Mr. Chapman was a member of the Publishers Association Council for eight years, and is an acting member of the Trade Publishers Council.

Mr. Chapman is a graduate of Durham University.  He lives in East Sussex.

 


 

David Snow
Vice President, Human Resources

Dave Snow was promoted to the leadership of Simon & Schuster Human Resources in March 2020. In his position he has overall responsibility for Simon & Schuster Human Resources across all countries, and Facilities. He is responsible for all Human Resources functions, systems and programs including diversity and inclusion initiatives, staffing, benefits, compensation and professional development.

Mr. Snow joined the company in December 2010. In his time at Simon & Schuster, Mr. Snow and HR staff have implemented numerous employee retention & development programs, leadership training, performance management, compensation tools and strategies. They have also worked closely with the various divisions throughout the company to help them develop a culture of innovation and adaptation, positioning the company to exploit new opportunities for publishing in the digital era.

Previously Mr. Snow held senior Human Resources positions at Omnicom Group/Emanate Public Relations, LG Electronics, and other major media organizations including The Nielsen Company, Time Warner and Scholastic Corporation.

Mr. Snow received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a Master’s degree from Columbia University in Organizational Psychology, and a Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University.  He lives in Irvington New York, with his family.

 

 


 

Karen Cooper
Vice President and Publisher
Adams Media

Karen Cooper, Vice President and Publisher of Adams Media, joined Simon and Schuster in November of 2016, simultaneous with Simon & Schuster’s acquisition of Adams Media from F + W Publishing. In her position she has responsibility for overseeing the publishing activities of over 150 non-fiction titles yearly, as well as the Tyrus Books, Merit Press, and Crimson Romance fiction imprints.

Adams Media is best known for publishing audience-driven, highly targeted, practical content for everyday life. Adams Media is home to several bestselling titles including Dude, You’re Gonna Be a Dad, Bushcraft 101, The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook and The Everything Kids Science Experiments Book.

Prior to her time at Adams Media, which she initially joined in 2004, Ms. Cooper led the marketing efforts for Pearson’s online fundraising site, Schoolcash.com, a subsidiary of Family Education Network.

Before joining Pearson, Ms. Cooper helped launch the children’s division of Element Books in the United States, serving as Managing Director. While at Element Books Ms. Cooper also published multiple non-fiction middle grade titles.

Ms. Cooper began her career in the marketing department at Putnam & Grosset in New York, working with such bestselling authors as Tomie dePaola, Eric Carle, Patricia Polacco, and her childhood favorite, Paula Daniziger.

Ms. Cooper studied at The University of Massachusetts, Amherst as well as The University of Seville in Spain. She lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts with her husband and their two children.

 


 

Libby McGuire
Senior Vice President and Publisher
Atria Publishing Group

Libby McGuire was named Senior Vice President, Publisher of the Atria Publishing Group in April 2018. In her role she has responsibility for all the editorial and publishing activities of the group’s various hardcover and trade paperback imprints.

The Atria Publishing Group is the publishing home of many major bestselling authors including Isabel Allende, Fredrik Backman, Rhonda Byrne, Vince Flynn, Terry Hayes, Colleen Hoover, Joseph Kanon, Thomas Keneally, Karen Kingsbury, William Kent Krueger, John Lescroart, Shirley MacLaine, Kate Morton, Dr. Michael Mosley, Brad Thor, Jennifer Weiner and Zane.

Ms. McGuire began her publishing career in 1992 in various positions at HarperCollins, before becoming a national account manager at Simon & Schuster. She joined Random House in 2000, where she was eventually named Executive Vice President and Publisher of Ballantine Bantam Dell. At Ballantine Bantam Dell, Ms. McGuire oversaw the publication annually of a list heavy with New York Times bestsellers, in fiction and nonfiction, from both new and established authors, and published the first Pulitzer Prize–winning book in Bantam’s history, TOMS RIVER by Dan Fagin. Notable and bestselling authors published under Ms. McGuire’s direction include Lee Child, Daniel Coyle, Rocco DiSpirito, Janet Evanovich, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Emily Giffin, Ashley Judd, Jonathan Kellerman, Dean Koontz, Debbie Macomber, Jodi Picoult, Leah Remini, Jenny Sanford and Danielle Steel. Ms. McGuire was also responsible for the group’s licensed publishing programs ranging from the “Star Wars” franchise to ESPN Books, and imprints including One World, Presidio Press and Del Rey.

Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, Ms. McGuire was a literary agent at The Gernert Company.

Ms. McGuire is a graduate of Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. She is on the board of Women’s Media Group, and lives in Manhattan with her family.

 



 

Dennis Eulau
Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer & Chief Financial Officer

Dennis Eulau was named Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer & Chief Financial Officer in 2012.  In his position, Mr. Eulau is responsible for all of Simon & Schuster’s financial operations, both domestic and international, including budgeting, forecasting, accounting, royalties, and risk management, corporate strategy and policy. Mr. Eulau also has oversight for the company’s book production, distribution and supply chain, information systems and technology, and for its distribution client business. In addition, he shares joint responsibility for the Simon & Schuster Sales Division.

Prior to being named to his position, Mr. Eulau had served as Executive Vice President, Operations and Chief Financial Officer for Simon & Schuster since 2009. He first joined Simon & Schuster in 1995 as Business Manager for the company’s Trade Division before being named Senior Vice President and General Manager of the company’s Adult Publishing Division in 2001 and then Executive Vice President, Operations in 2007. Mr. Eulau has also held positions at Random House, Weight Watchers, and J. Walter Thompson.

Mr. Eulau holds M.B.A. and B.A. degrees from Pace University.  He lives in New York City and on Long Island, New York

 

 


 

Nan Graham
Senior Vice President and Publisher
Scribner

Nan Graham was named Senior Vice President and Publisher of the Scribner imprint in 2012.  In her position she is responsible for all the publishing and editorial activities of the Scribner imprint.

Ms. Graham first joined Scribner in 1994 as Editor in Chief. During her time at Scribner, she has acquired, edited and overseen the publication of a vast roster of acclaimed and bestselling works. Her list of award-winning publications includes the Pulitzer Prize-winners ANGELA’S ASHES by Frank McCourt, THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES: A Biography of Cancer  by Siddhartha Mukherjee and ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr, and the National Book Award-winner THE NOONDAY DEMON: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon.

Ms. Graham has been the editor of Stephen King since he joined Scribner and Simon & Schuster in 1996, and other authors she has worked with and published through the years include Ann Beattie, Don DeLillo, Amy Hempel, Miranda July, Rachel Kushner, Steve Martin, Audrey Niffenegger, Dana Spiotta, M.L. Stedman, Colm Toíbín, Kate Walbert and Jeannette Walls.   Ms. Graham was also the editor of the #1 bestselling White House memoirs SPOKEN FROM THE HEART by Laura Bush and LIVING HISTORY by Hillary Rodham Clinton.

In her role, Ms. Graham also has oversight of the imprint’s publishing program for its distinguished list of classic works by authors including Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Margaret Mitchell and the perennial favorite THE JOY OF COOKING.

Prior to working at Scribner, Ms. Graham held positions at Viking Penguin, where she was Executive Editor, and Pantheon Books. Authors she worked with prior to joining Simon & Schuster include Mary Karr, Ruth Rendell and Salman Rushdie.

Ms. Graham is the 2011 recipient of the Maxwell E. Perkins Award, presented by the Center for Fiction. She serves on the board of the Center for Fiction.  She holds a B.A. in English from Yale University and an Honorary Doctorate from Marymount Manhattan College. She lives in New York City.

 


 

Kevin Hanson
President and Publisher
Simon & Schuster Canada

Kevin Hanson was named President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster Canada in August 2013. Mr. Hanson is responsible for all of the publishing, sales, marketing, financial and operations activities of Simon & Schuster Canada, the exclusive distributor in Canada of the book and audio products of both Simon & Schuster and Simon & Schuster U.K., as well as for Simon & Schuster’s roster of U.S. distribution clients.

Under Mr. Hanson, Simon & Schuster Canada has expanded its operations to include the publishing of Canadian-originated titles. Bestselling and critically acclaimed authors and titles published under the Simon & Schuster Canada banner include A GREAT GAME by Stephen Harper, Canada’s Prime Minister; Kathy Reichs popular “Temperance Brennan” series; Amanda Lindhout’s A HOUSE IN THE SKY, Sarah Richardson’s SARAH STYLE, Robert Bateman’s LIFE SKETCHES , Clara Hughes’ OPEN HEART, OPEN MIND.

Mr. Hanson has been with Simon & Schuster Canada since 2005, when he was named President.  He had previously been at HarperCollins Publishers of Canada, where he had held the position of Vice President, Sales and Marketing since 2002.  Prior to that, he had been Chief Operating Officer of Madison Press Books.  Mr. Hanson has also served in executive sales and marketing positions at Penguin Books Canada Limited, Quantum Book Group, Macmillan Canada, and Key Porter Books

Mr. Hanson is a 1985 graduate of the University of Alberta and he holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Toronto.  He was past Chair of the Cultural Human Resources Council and was past Chair of the Canadian Publishers Council. He is an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University and is on the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Humber School of Creative and Perfoming Arts. He lives in Toronto with his family.

 


 

Dana Canedy
Senior Vice President and Publisher
Simon & Schuster

Dana Canedy is Senior Vice President and Publisher of the Simon and Schuster imprint. She is responsible for overall leadership and operations of the division.

Dana was previously the Administrator of The Pulitzer Prizes. She was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the prestigious awards program in journalism, letters and the arts. She also served on its board of directors and was the spokesperson for the Pulitzers.

Dana is a former New York Times Pulitzer-winning journalist who has written extensively on a broad ranging of topics, including business and finance, terrorism, politics, law enforcement, crime and race and class.  She is also an author, media executive and motivational speaker who has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR and the former Oprah Winfrey Show.

Dana is the author of the 2008 New York Times bestselling memoir, “A Journal For Jordan,” about life with her war-hero partner, and about the journal he left for their infant son before being killed in combat in Iraq. The book has been published in 10 countries in eight languages and has been optioned for a movie by Denzel Washington and Columbia Pictures. It has been adapted for film by Mudbound co-writer Virgil Williams for Mr. Washington and Todd Black of Escape Artists, who are producing the project. Mr. Washington is directing the movie, with Michael B. Jordan starring.

During her tenure as part of the newsroom senior management team at the New York Times, Dana led talent acquisition, management training and staff development across media platforms. Prior to he Pulitzer Prizes in July 2017, she was special advisor to the Times CEO and Executive Editor on strategic planning, talent acquisition, change management and diversity and inclusion best practices.

During her more than 20-year tenure at The Times, she also oversaw national breaking news coverage, assigning and editing the work of dozens of domestic correspondents in 12 news bureaus across the country. Prior to that, Dana was the Florida bureau chief for The Times, where she was responsible for all news coverage for the state.

Dana was a lead writer and editor on the Times series, “How Race Is Lived In America,” about race relations in the Untied States, which won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. She joined The Times in 1996 as a national business and finance reporter.

Prior to joining The Times, Dana was a reporter for the Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland, where she covered law enforcement, suburban government and local business. She spent a year as an editor directing metropolitan coverage.  She also worked for a year at the Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, Florida, reporting on law enforcement and crime.

Dana is a founding board member of the Digital Diversity Network, a non-profit trade association that advances inclusion in the leadership and ownership ranks of the digital media industry. She is also a board member of Project Morry, a nonprofit, youth development organization that supports at-risk students.

Dana is a motivational speaker who has traveled extensively to universities, military instillations and corporate headquarters speaking about effective leadership, change management, overcoming adversity and the elements of success.

Reared in Radcliff, Kentucky, she graduated for The University of Kentucky in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. The school named her a Distinguished Alumni in 2017. She lives in New York City with her son Jordan.

 

 

 


 

Chris Lynch
President and Publisher
Simon & Schuster Audio

Chris Lynch was named President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster Audio in October 2013. In his position, Mr. Lynch has overall responsibility for acquisition, production, marketing and licensing activities on behalf of the division’s many titles and product lines, including the company’s fast-growing Pimsleur Language Program.  During his time in Audio, he has successfully steered the division through the changes in consumer format preferences from cassettes to CDs to downloadable audio files and portable devices.

Mr. Lynch began his publishing career in 1989, when he joined the Simon & Schuster Audio Division as an Assistant Editor, and after a series of promotions was named Editorial Director in 1998, and Associate Publisher in 2001 and most recently Executive Vice President and Publisher in 2003.   During his time at Simon & Schuster Audio  he has published many bestselling and award-winning titles, including THE KITE RUNNER, THE SECRET, TEAM OF RIVALS, STEVE JOBS and ALL THE LIGHT YOU CANNOT SEE. A strong advocate of original audio publishing, he has championed bestselling original audiobooks from Eben Alexander, Glenn Beck, Jimmy Carter, Stephen King, Joel Osteen, and Drs. Mehmet Oz & Michael Roizen.

Under Mr. Lynch, in 2006 Simon & Schuster Audio launched a children’s audiobook line, which includes works from such renowned authors as Kathi Appelt, Andrew Clements, Cassandra Clare, Ian Falconer, E.L. Konigsburg, and Scott Westerfeld.

The division has also has greatly expanded its Pimsleur Language Program, both in the  number of languages it offers and numerous product lines including the Pimsleur Unlimited  interactive software line.

Mr. Lynch also oversaw Pimsleur’s move to sell its programs in in digital download editions, greatly expanding its revenues from direct to consumer sales.

Simon & Schuster Audio’s list of bestselling and notable authors includes Glenn Beck, Dan Brown, James Lee Burke, Dale Carnegie, Mary Higgins Clark, Hillary Clinton, Stephen Covey, Jeffery Deaver, Anthony Doerr, Vince Flynn, Alan Furst, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Ernest Hemingway, Khaled Hosseini, Walter Isaacson, Stephen King, Mark R. Levin, Michael Lewis, Frank McCourt, David McCullough, Dr. Phil McGraw, Joel Osteen, Kathy Reichs, Tony Robbins, Bob Woodward and Fareed Zakaria.  Simon & Schuster Audio has produced audiobooks that have won seven Grammy awards and twenty-five additional Grammy nominations since 1989.

Mr. Lynch is a 1989 graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.  He lives in Westchester County, New York, with his family.

 


Veronica Jordan
Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Veronica Jordan was named Executive Vice President and General Counsel in March 2019. In her position, she has responsibility for all legal affairs for Simon & Schuster and its worldwide companies, and works with the company’s management, publishing and operations groups to provide a legal framework, strategy and execution for all its business affairs – from contract and trade issues to  intellectual property management, regulatory issues, litigation, compliance and corporate governance.

Ms. Jordan has been a member of the Simon & Schuster legal team since 1995, most recently as Vice President, Senior Counsel. Before joining Simon & Schuster, she was an attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell and began her legal career as law clerk to the Honorable Stanley S. Brotman, U.S. District Court (U.S. Virgin Islands).

During her time at Simon & Schuster, Ms. Jordan’s counsel has played a key role in the success of the company’s ventures into digital publishing, e-commerce and new business models for creating, marketing and distributing digital content.

Ms. Jordan has represented Simon & Schuster on the Association of American Publishers’ Online Piracy Protection Working Group and in various CBS Corporation initiatives. She has also served on the executive committee of the board of directors of the non-profit organization Girl Be Heard and the board of the Ruth Turner Fund.  Ms. Jordan is a member of the New York City Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and Corporate Counsel Women of Color.

Ms. Jordan is a graduate of Amherst College and  New York University School of Law. She lives in Manhattan with her partner and two sons.

 


 

Liz Perl
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Liz Perl was named Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Simon & Schuster in December 2014. Her responsibilities encompass all company-wide and cross divisional traditional and digital marketing, including advertising, promotion, retail and integrated marketing, and library and educational marketing on behalf of all of Simon & Schuster’s adult and children’s imprints, and all the activities and functions of Simon & Schuster Digital, which include the operation of the company’s consumer and business-to-business websites, direct to consumer marketing, social media outreach and external partnerships.

Ms. Perl first joined Simon & Schuster in 2008 as Senior Vice President, Marketing for the company’s Adult Publishing Division.   In 2009 she added responsibility for all of Simon & Schuster’s corporate marketing efforts, before being promoted to Executive Vice President, Marketing in May 2014.

Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, Ms. Perl served as Vice President and Publisher of Rodale Books and Rodale International, and as Director of Rodale DVD. During her time at Rodale, Ms. Perl published more than 20 New York Times bestsellers, including, THE INTELLECTUAL DEVOTIONAL by David S. Kidder and Noah D. Oppenheim, LL Cool J’s PLATINUM WORKOUT and AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH by Al Gore.  She also created branded book programs for successful franchises such as THE BIGGEST LOSER, THE ABS DIET and EAT THIS, NOT THAT.

Ms. Perl worked at Penguin Group (USA), from 1994 through 2005. She began her career with Penguin as Executive Director of Publicity for a number of imprints, and then served as Vice President, Director of Marketing for a broad variety of trade paper imprints and Associate Publisher for Riverhead, Perigee, and HP Books. There she worked with bestselling authors including Khaled Hosseini, Nick Hornby and Nora Roberts. Prior to Penguin, Ms. Perl was Director of Publicity for Avon Books and Publicity Manager at HarperCollins.

Ms. Perl received a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1984.  She divides her time between New York City and Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey.

 



 

Gary Urda
Senior Vice President, Sales

Gary Urda was named Senior Vice President, Sales in November 2017. In this position, Mr. Urda has responsibility for the overall management of the Simon & Schuster Sales Division, with oversight of all sales areas including national accounts, retail sales, online sales, special markets, and children’s.

Mr. Urda first joined Simon & Schuster in 1996 as Vice President, Sales Development for Pocket Books before being promoted to Vice President, Direct Sales. In 2003 he was named Vice President and Director of Distributor Sales and Retail Management (DSRM) for all of Simon & Schuster. In 2005 he moved to Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books as Vice President, Associate Publisher before returning to the sales division as Vice President, DSRM in 2008.

During his time at Atria as Vice President, Associate Publisher, Gary was been a major contributor to that imprint’s success, helping to make authors including Vince Flynn and Brad Thor into #1 bestsellers, and as part of the team that engineered the stratospheric bestsellerdom of The Secret.

Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, Mr. Urda was employed at Bantam Books, where he eventually became Vice President, Director of I.D. Sales. He has also held positions in business development at Lightning Source, Inc.

Mr. Urda holds an MBA from Lehigh University and a BSBA from Villanova. He lives on Long Island, New York with his family.

 



 

Adam Rothberg
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications

Adam Rothberg was named Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications in March 2011.  He is responsible for external media relations and internal communications for Simon & Schuster’s worldwide operations, oversees the company’s philanthropic activities and has oversight of the Simon & Schuster Speaker’s Bureau.

Mr. Rothberg began his publishing career in 1985 in the publicity department of Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, and after a series of promotions was named Associate Director of Publicity in 1992. He joined Villard Books, a division of Random House, as Director of Publicity in 1994 and was promoted to Associate Publisher in 1997.  He returned to Simon & Schuster in 1999 as Vice President, Corporate Communications in 1999.

During his career, Mr. Rothberg conducted publicity campaigns for numerous critically acclaimed and bestselling books, including INTO THIN AIR and INTO THE WILD by Jon Krakauer, THE UNLIKELY SPY by Daniel Silva, ROGUE WARRIOR by Richard Marcinko, and LIFE AFTER GOD by Douglas Coupland.

Mr. Rothberg is a 1981 graduate of Columbia College in New York City.  He has served on the publishing committee of the Goddard-Riverside New York Book Fair, is formerly a member of board of directors of the Publishers Publicity Association and a Trustee of the Croton Free Library.

Mr. Rothberg was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He lives in Westchester County, New York, with his family.

 



 

Dan Ruffino
Managing Director
Simon & Schuster Australia

Dan Ruffino was named Managing Director, Simon & Schuster Australia in 2014.  In his position he is responsible for the sales, marketing, editorial and distribution activities for Simon & Schuster titles as well as Simon & Schuster Australia’s distribution clients in the Australian and New Zealand markets.

Under Mr. Ruffino, Simon & Schuster Australia has notably expanded its program of native Australian publishing, taken on numerous new distribution clients, and grown sales of digital content in the emerging Australian e-commerce market.

Mr. Ruffino began his career at Pan Macmillan Australia, holding positions in sales management and publicity, and as the company’s Consumer Marketing Manager.  He then joined Penguin Books where he started the Sydney branch of their successful Business Development unit, became a member of the company’s board as Marketing & Publicity Director, and served as Global Digital Director for the Penguin Group, based in New York.  Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, Mr. Ruffino was Creative Director of the Australian government funded industry-assisting Get Reading! programme.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Ruffino has been involved in the launch of a number of hugely successful bestsellers, and worked on many award-winning marketing campaigns. Among the authors whom he has worked with are Jackie Collins, Lynda La Plante, Richard Flanagan,  Kylie Minogue, Ian Thorpe, Steve Waugh, Ken Follett, Wilbur Smith, Paul Keating, Bryce Courtenay, Marian Keyes, Jamie Oliver, Judy Blume, Robert Dessaix, Tim Winton, Kate Grenville, Colm Toibin and Edmund White.

Mr. Ruffino was born in Solingen, Germany, migrating with his family to Melbourne, Australia shortly after. He lives in Sydney.