Art Sesselberg, national accounts manager in the special markets group at Simon & Schuster, died on Saturday due to complications from pneumonia.
He joined the company in 2007, focusing on sales in the educational and academic markets, as well as to corporate customers. More recently he worked with the library and educational marketing staff to grow our Freshman Year Experience business, and worked with our distributor partners to bring digital books to the school and academic markets.
Michael Selleck, executive v-p, sales and marketing, at S&S, said in a memo to staff: "Outside of work, Art was an avid collector of antique toys, and a small boat enthusiast who enjoyed finding and restoring old outboard motors, and serving as president of the Yankee Chapter of the Antique Outboard Motor Club, and an aficionado of classic cars. A dedicated tinkerer and fixer-upper, his passion for these pursuits will come as no surprise to those of us who had the pleasure to work with Art and see first-hand the commitment he brought to all his endeavors on behalf of Simon & Schuster."
A funeral service Art will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport, Conn. In lieu of flowers, an educational fund is being established for his sons. Condolence cards and donations may be sent to his wife, Abby Sesselberg, at 67 Shady Hill Road, Fairfield, Conn. 06824.