Jonathan Karp Named Executive Vice President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster
NEW YORK, June 3—Jonathan Karp has been named Executive Vice President and Publisher of the Simon & Schuster trade imprint, effective June 14. Mr. Karp’s appointment was announced today by Carolyn Reidy, President and CEO of Simon & Schuster, Inc., to whom he will report.
Mr. Karp comes to Simon & Schuster from Twelve, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group that Mr. Karp founded in 2005 and where he served as Publisher and Editor in Chief.
“Jonathan Karp is one of the most versatile, talented and creative publishers working today,” said Carolyn Reidy. “At every stage of his career he has shown a true gift for finding and making bestsellers of quality. Having competed against him to acquire books in which we were keenly interested, and then watching as he published them with great flair, I’m delighted that he will now bring his abundant editorial and publishing skills to the Simon & Schuster imprint.”
Mr. Karp succeeds David Rosenthal, who is leaving his post as Executive Vice President and Publisher of the Simon & Schuster trade imprint.
“For nearly 13 years David has led our eponymous imprint, furthering its storied history and tradition of excellence by publishing hundreds of bestsellers and countless critically acclaimed, award-winning books,” said Ms. Reidy. “A truly original thinker, he brought a wealth of creative and inspired ideas to the entire publishing process, and he has been a trusted and valued colleague who made many contributions to the overall success of our company. We wish him well in all his future endeavors.”
At Twelve, Mr. Karp has been the publisher of numerous highly acclaimed bestselling works, including TRUE COMPASS by the late Edward M. Kennedy, GOD IS NOT GREAT by Christopher Hitchens, SUPREME COURTSHIP and LOSING MUM AND PUP by Christopher Buckley, COLUMBINE by Dave Cullen, NURTURESHOCK by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, and most recently, WAR by Sebastian Junger. During his five years as publisher, half of Twelve’s books were New York Times bestsellers.