W. Drake McFeely
W.W. Norton and Company, Inc.
W. Drake Mcfeely joined W. W. Norton and Company upon graduating from Amherst College in 1976 and has dedicated his career to serving and leading the storied, independent publishing house, where he became president in 1994 and chairman in 2000. Known and beloved for such college humanities titles as The Norton Anthology of English Literature, the company has also enjoyed notable success aiming fascinating works at the general public. Major trade bestsellers from recent lists include Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Michael Lewis’s The Fifth Risk, and Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology. During Drake’s remarkable tenure, Norton not only expanded its education focus considerably, but also deepened its trade program in the sciences and social sciences while its books and authors have been honored with eleven Pulitzer Prizes and nine National Book Awards. The 96-year old company is wholly owned by its employees.