Jonathan Karp Named President and CEO of Simon & Schuster

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Following the death of Carolyn Reidy, Jonathan Karp has been promoted to president and CEO of Simon & Schuster, Inc. Karp will oversee all of Simon & Schuster’s domestic and international publishing operations.

Karp most recently served as president and publisher of Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, which includes Atria Books, Avid Reader Press, Gallery Books, Scribner, Simon & Schuster, and their associated sub-imprints and lines.

“Jon embodies the values that Carolyn instilled at Simon & Schuster, and he is well suited to guide the continued growth and evolution of this incredible global brand,” said ViacomCBS President and CEO Bob Bakish. “Jon was a key member of the leadership team that consistently delivered strong results for Simon & Schuster, while expanding its readership across genres and formats. He is a highly skilled executive who is deeply committed to the collaborative process of publishing, and will no doubt build upon a storied legacy of success.”

“For 96 years, Simon & Schuster has been the gold standard for publishing books that satisfy and illuminate readers, and I am grateful for the opportunity to inherit this great legacy,” said Karp. “We will continue to build on the strong foundation that Carolyn Reidy and the leadership team have in place to publish books we believe in and love.”

Karp joined Simon & Schuster in June 2010 and was named president of Adult Publishing in 2018. Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, Karp was publisher and editor in chief of Twelve, an imprint of Hachette Book Group. Karp earned his bachelor of arts degree from Brown University and his master of arts degree from New York University and began his career at Random House.