President and Chief Executive Officer
Simon and Schuster, Inc.
Carolyn Reidy became President and CEO of Simon & Schuster, Inc. in January 2008. Under her leadership, Simon & Schuster has taken an industry leading position in bringing its works to consumers using new digital formats and distribution capabilities. The company has entered into several groundbreaking digital ventures with external partners, expanded its publishing efforts into new geographic territories, and broadened its portfolio of publishing imprints to encompass every category and segment of the trade marketplace.
Reidy first joined Simon & Schuster in 1992 as President of the Trade Divison, before being named President of the Adult Publishing Group in 2001. During her time with the company Simon & Schuster has published many acclaimed works, including books by Pulitzer Prize winners Doris Kearns Goodwin, Frank McCourt, David McCullough, Siddhartha Mukherjee; notable books by world figures, celebrities, newsmakers, memoirists and journalists including Glenn Beck, Jimmy Carter, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Dick Cheney, Jaycee Dugard, Walter Isaacson, Jeannette Walls and Bob Woodward; bestselling novelists Mary Higgins Clark, Vince Flynn, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Brad Thor and Jennifer Weiner; works of practical advice from authorities including David B. Agus, MD., Rhonda Byrne, Dr. Michael F. Roizen and Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, and Dr. Mike Moreno; and bestselling children’s and teen authors including Cassandra Clare, Ian Falconer, Ellen Hopkins, Brandon Mull and Rachel Renee Russell. Numerous books published under her direction, including Walter Isaacson’s STEVE JOBS, Stephen King’s 11/22/63 and Rhonda Byrne’s THE SECRET have gone on to become not just publishing phenomenon as multi-million copy bestsellers but also achieved status as thought-provoking, world-wide cultural events.
In 2007 she was named one of “The 50 Women to Watch,” by the Wall Street Journal, and is a recipient of the Matrix Award from the New York Women in Communications. She is a graduate of Middlebury College, and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Indiana University.
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