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 toddlers to teens, while maintaining an extensive backlist that includes numerous Newbery, Caldecott and National Book Award winners.  Recent award-winning titles include a 2020 Newbery Honor for GENESIS BEGINS AGAIN by Alicia D. Williams, a 2018 Newbery Honor for LONG WAY DOWN by Jason Reynolds, a 2017 Newbery Honor for FREEDOM OVER ME by Ashley Bryan, and the 2014 Caldecott Medal winner LOCOMOTIVE by Brian Floca. Best-selling titles and series include the #1 New York Times bestsellers SULWE by Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, FIVE FEET APART by Rachel Lippincott and Mikki Daughtry, the TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE trilogy by Jenny Han, the ARC OF THE SCYTHE trilogy by Neal Shusterman, THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series by Cassandra Clare, and the DORK DIARIES series by Rachel Renee Russell, as well as Caldecott Honor-winner CREEPY CARROTS! by Peter Brown and Aaron Reynolds, and its sequel CREEPY PAIR OF UNDERWEAR, and the multi-million-copy-selling OUT OF MY MIND by Sharon Draper, as well as the modern LGBT classic ARISTOTLE & DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE WORLD by Benjamin Alire Saenz.

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.  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 childrens’ 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.

He is also the author of many children’s books under the pseudonym William Boniface, with cumulative sales of more than two million copies.  He lives in Connecticut.


 

Jennifer Bergstrom
Senior Vice President and Publisher
Gallery Publishing Group

 

Jennifer Bergstrom has been the Senior Vice President and Publisher of the Gallery Books Group since August 2017. She is responsible for overseeing the various and varied imprints that comprise Gallery, including the flagship, Gallery Books; the literary imprint Scout Press; the fantasy and science-fiction imprint Saga Press; the mass-market publisher Pocket Books; and the Star Trek and HALO novel divisions, devoted to the beloved media franchises. Under Bergstrom’s direction, in 2021 the Gallery Books Group launched a new imprint, 13A, which publishes Black American voices in culture and politics.

Bergstrom began her publishing career at G.P. Putnam’s Sons in 1991. She joined Simon & Schuster in 1998 as the founding Editorial Director of Simon Spotlight. In 2009, she was appointed the founding Editor in Chief of Simon & Schuster’s newly formed Gallery Books Group, supervising its conception and implementation. She was named Vice President in 2013.

Gallery’s author list covers the American cultural landscape, from reality TV and YouTube stars to accomplished musicians, comedians, athletes, and opinion makers. In the nonfiction realm, Bergstrom has published the bestselling memoirs of, among other notable figures, Amy Schumer, Tiffany Haddish, Chelsea Handler, Clint Hill, Grace Jones, Jackie Chan, and Hunter Biden; New York Times bestsellers by Mike Rowe, Allie Brosh, America Ferrera, and Jamie Kern Lima; and #1 bestselling White House tell-alls by Omarosa Manigault Newman and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.

Gallery’s list also features topical nonfiction such as Tiffany Shlain’s 24/6, Meghan Daum’s The Problem with Everything; and Stacy Vanek Smith’s Machiavelli for Women.

In fiction, Bergstrom has shepherded novels to print by a variety of New York Times bestselling authors, among them Ruth Ware, Mary Alice Monroe, Catherine Coulter, Kristin Harmel, J. R. Ward, Christina Lauren, Anna Todd, Bill Clegg, Rebecca Roanhorse, and Stephen Graham Jones.

Bergstrom holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Barnard College at Columbia University. She splits her time between New York City and New Jersey.

 


 

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

 

Ian Stewart Chapman was named Chief Executive and Publisher, Simon & Schuster UK and International in July 2013. In this position, 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 200 titles per year in first format, of which 20 percent originate from the parent company.

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

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, Hard Choices and What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton.  The company is home to numerous bestselling and critically acclaimed authors including #1 bestseller Philippa Gregory, Nicci French, Chris Carter, Milly Johnson. Tom Rob Smith, Graham Swift, Philipp Meyer, Hari Kunzru, Cho Nam-joo, 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, Phil Knight, Walter Isaacson, Rupi Kaur and Dave Grohl.

Under Chapman’s direction, Simon & Schuster UK’s children’s books publishes an array of award-winning and bestselling authors and illustrators. In picture books, stand-out successes include Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet’s million-copy selling Supertato series, Benji Davies’s The Storm Whale sequence, and new talent Steve Small. In fiction commercial hits include Ben Miller, one of the UK’s fastest growing children’s authors, and the Dragon Realm series by Katie and Kevin Tsang. The YA list is one of the most successful in the market publishing Adam Silvera, Becky Albertalli and Cassandra Clare amongst other global bestsellers.

Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, 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.   Chapman was a member of the Publishers Association Council for eight years, and is an acting member of the Trade Publishers Council.

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 125 non-fiction titles yearly.

Adams Media is best known for publishing audience-driven, highly targeted, practical lifestyle content to support readers in everyday life. Adams Media is home to several bestselling titles in categories including cooking, health and wellness, self-help, witchcraft, astrology, personal finance, and parenting, among others.

Since joining Simon & Schuster Ms. Cooper has enjoyed collaborations with author Alice Hoffman on Faerie Knitting: 14 Tales of Love and Magic, Jane the Virgin showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman on the bestsellling series tie-in. novel, Snow Falling, as well as a multi-book publishing partnership with Buzzfeed’s DIY channel, Nifty. Under her direction, the bestselling Unofficial Cookbook series has expanded to include 8 titles , with more than 2.5MM copies in print.

Prior to joining Adams Media, Ms. Cooper led the marketing efforts for Pearson’s digital fundraising vertical, Schoolcash.com.

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 graduated from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst and also studied at The University of Seville in Spain. She lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts with her husband and their two children.


 

Jofie Ferrari-Adler
Vice President and Publisher
Avid Reader Press

Jofie Ferrari-Adler was named Vice President and Publisher of Avid Reader Press, a standalone imprint of Simon & Schuster of which he was co-founder, in November 2018.

Under Mr. Ferrari-Adler’s leadership, Avid Reader released its first book, Lisa Taddeo’s #1 New York Times bestseller Three Women, in July 2019. Other New York Times bestsellers published at the imprint include Jeff Benedict’s The Dynasty, Michaeleen Doucleff’s Hunt, Gather, Parent, Patricia Engel’s Infinite Country, Garrett M. Graff’s The Only Plane in the Sky, Ezra Klein’s Why We’re Polarized, Stephen A. Schwarzman’s What It Takes, Christie Tate’s Group, and Chris Wallace’s Countdown 1945.

Avid Reader is the publishing home of many well-known, bestselling and award-winning authors including Michael Bamberger, Gregory Boyle, Frank Bruni, Rinker Buck, Ian Caldwell, Ray Dalio, Lori Gottlieb, Emily Gould, Chip and Dan Heath, Adam Higginbotham, Susan Orlean, Joe Posnanski, Michael Riedel, Christopher Ryan, Brando Skyhorse, Andrew Sullivan, Gillian Tett, Lynn Vincent, and Eric Weiner, as well as emerging talents including Ed Caesar, Daniel José Camacho, Allison P. Davis, Craig Fehrman, Myriam Gurba, Antara Haldar, Julia May Jonas, Chloé Cooper Jones, T. J. Newman, and Katharina Volckmer.

Mr. Ferrari-Adler joined Simon & Schuster in 2010 as Senior Editor. Previously he worked at Grove Atlantic, Viking Penguin, and the independent publisher Four Walls Eight Windows, and before that as a bookseller. Raised in a small town south of Pittsburgh, he is a former golf professional, a contributing editor to Poets & Writers magazine (where he started the “Agents & Editors” series of conversations with publishing insiders), and has served on the Association of American Publishers’ International Freedom to Publish Committee.


 

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 joined Scribner in 1994 as Editor in Chief. During her time at Scribner, she has edited 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, the National Book Award-winner THE NOONDAY DEMON: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon, and the Carnegie Medal-winner MANHATTAN BEACH by Jennifer Egan, as well as many books shortlisted for major awards, including Don DeLillo’s UNDERWORLD, Dana Spiotta’s EAT THE DOCUMENT, Colm Toibin’s BROOKLYN, Monica Ali’s BRICK LANE, and Rachel Kushner’s THE FLAMETHROWERS

 

Ms. Graham has been Stephen King’s editor since he joined Scribner and Simon & Schuster in 1996, and has worked with him on dozens of books. Other authors she has edited and published through the years include Dorothy Wickenden, Ann Beattie,  Amy Hempel, Miranda July, Steve Martin, Ruth Rendell, M.L. Stedman, 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 has oversight of the imprint’s publishing program for its iconic backlist authors including Ernest Hemingway, Alan Peyton, John Knowles, Edith Wharton and F. Scott Fitzgerald. She has also overseen the publications of Scribner’s many recent award-winning authors, including Jesmyn Ward, Kiese Laymon, Sarah Smarsh, and S.G. Gwynne.

 

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 Simone de Beauvoir, Blanche Wiesen Cook, Hanif Kureishi 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 executive 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 former Prime Minister; Kathy Reichs popular “Temperance Brennan” series; Jesse Thistle’s FROM THE ASHES; Mark Messier’s NO ONE WINS ALONE; Peter Mansbridge’s OFF THE RECORD.

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.  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.  He started his career at Hurtig Publishers.

Mr. Hanson is a 1985 graduate of the University of Alberta and he holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Toronto and an International Business Diploma from the NEOMA Business School (Rouen, France).  He is an active member on many boards including the Cultural Human Resources Council and Canadian Publishers Council and is an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University where he has taught for over 25 years.  He is a founding member of the Library and Archives Canada Foundation.

 


 

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 Simon & Schuster’s audio publishing business and its Pimsleur Language Program.

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 Executive Vice President and Publisher in 2003.   During his time at Simon & Schuster Audio, he has shepherded audio’s transition to a digital-first business, greatly expanding the number of audio titles published as consumer interest in audiobooks has exploded.

He has published numerous Grammy and Audie Award winners and finalists including Anthony Doerr’s ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, Bruce Springsteen’s BORN TO RUN, Jimmy Carter’s FAITH, Stephen King’s THE INSITUTE, Garrett Graff’s THE ONLY PLANE IN THE SKY, and Jason Reynolds’ SUNNY.

Under his direction, Simon & Schuster Audio has published numerous bestselling original audiobooks from Rhonda Byrne, Jimmy Carter, Stephen King, Steve Kroft, Joel Osteen, Drs. Mehmet Oz & Michael Roizen, and Tony Robbins.

Mr. Lynch has overseen Pimsleur’s transformation to a direct-to-consumer, subscription-driven language learning business, expanding the number of languages it publishes and enhancing the learning experience by regularly adding new features to its Pimsleur app.

Mr. Lynch is a 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 of Simon & Schuster, Inc., in 2019.  She oversees the company’s legal affairs and leads a legal team responsible for all aspects of Simon & Schuster’s legal policies and strategies around the world.

Since first joining Simon & Schuster in 1995,  Ms. Jordan has provided counsel on myriad ground-breaking projects, from the launch of the company’s initial website in 1998 to playing 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. She shepherded Simon & Schuster’s earliest forays and most recent advances in e-commerce, including the launch of its Pimsleur Language Program’s subscription service, and has been its in-house legal expert and advisor on the complex and ever-evolving privacy landscape.

Before joining Simon & Schuster, Ms. Jordan practiced corporate law at Davis Polk & Wardwell. Upon receiving her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law, Ms. Jordan clerked for the Honorable Stanley S. Brotman, U.S. District Court (U.S. Virgin Islands).

Passionate about education and the empowerment of girls from disenfranchised communities, Ms. Jordan served on the Board of Directors of the non-profit organizations, Girl Be Heard and The Ruth Turner Fund. She has enjoyed speaking publicly on a range of diversity issues. Ms. Jordan has served on CBS Corporation’s legal department diversity committee and its privacy committee. She currently serves on the Copyright Law and Policy Committee of the Association of American Publishers, is a member of the New York City Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and Corporate Counsel Women of Color. She is CIPP/US certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Ms. Jordan is a graduate of Amherst College. She resides in Manhattan.

 


 

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 marketing as well as advertising, promotion, book club, retail, library and educational marketing on behalf of all of Simon & Schuster’s US adult, children’s and audio divisions. Perl is also responsible for all of the activities and functions of Simon & Schuster Digital, which include the operation of the company’s domestic and international consumer and business-to-business digital properties, email and direct-to-consumer marketing, social media platforms and marketing partnerships. She is also responsible for the company’s Sales Operations and Client Services group.

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 and later assumed responsibility for Simon & Schuster Digital.

Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, Ms. Perl served as Vice President and Publisher of Rodale Books and Rodale International. During her time at Rodale, Ms. Perl published more than 20 New York Times bestsellers, including AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH by Al Gore.  She also created branded book programs for successful franchises such as EAT THIS, NOT THAT.

Ms. Perl worked at Penguin Group (USA) 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.  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 international for our adult, children’s, audio and distribution client businesses.

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 a contributor to the imprint’s success, helping to make authors including Vince Flynn, Brad Thor and T.D. Jakes into #1 bestsellers, and was 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 and also oversees the company’s philanthropic activities.

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.

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 the 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.