Jen Besser has been named president and publisher of G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, effective immediately. She had been v-p and publisher at the imprint. Prior to joining Penguin Young Readers in 2010, Besser launched her publishing career at Miramax Books in 2001 before moving to Disney-Hyperion in 2004.
Besser will report to Penguin Young Readers president Jen Loja, who noted: "Jen's way of mindfully publishing authors, carefully working with illustrators, and deliberately shaping careers is exemplified by each and every book on the Putnam list. She operates by an internal assuredness of just what is the right thing to do, and is mindful of the market, but never driven by it. She is a champion of her authors and illustrators, encouraging them as they work through draft after draft to reach their perfect book.
"Jen is a crucial and key member of the Penguin Young Readers team for the books, authors and illustrators that she brings us--but also for the person that she is. Her perfect balance of believing in what she does deeply but also being able to see the fun and the humor in what we all do, not only makes her a valuable leader, but also a delight to have in the senior management of the group. We know that the future is bright for Jen, and brighter for us for having her here as a part of the team. I couldn't be happier, as her future is fulfilled even more completely at Penguin Young Readers."