In New York, Jon Anderson has been named Executive Vice-President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster's Children's Publishing Division, effective 21 January. The announcement was made today by Carolyn Reidy, President and CEO of Simon & Schuster Inc, Anderson will report. He joins from Running Press, a division of the Perseus Books Group, where he has been President and Publisher since 2004.
'I m thrilled that a publishing executive as talented and versatile as Jon Anderson will be joining Simon & Schuster to lead our Children's Publishing Division,' said Reidy. 'He is a truly original thinker who brings great creativity, financial and business acumen, and managerial skill to all his publishing endeavours, and he is the right person to build upon our rich legacy in children's publishing. He is knowledgeable and experienced in every type of publishing in our Children's Division, and we look forward to his leadership for this vital and important part of our overall business.'
During his tenure at Running Press, Anderson consistently led the publisher to increased growth in both revenues and profit. He was previously at Penguin Putnam, where he was Vice-President and Publisher of Price, Stern, Sloan and DreamWorks. During his time there, he was responsible for the start-up and ongoing publishing efforts of the successful DreamWorks line. Prior to Penguin, he was at Barnes & Noble, having begun his career at B Dalton Booksellers, where he worked in retail and as a buyer.
Under the pseudonym William Boniface, Anderson is also the author of 25 children's books, including The Adventures of Max the Minnow, selected by Oprah's Book Club as a best book for children.