Susan Weinberg to Head Workman Publishing

Susan Weinberg

Susan Weinberg, executive v-p and publisher of Perseus Books, has been named executive v-p and publisher of Workman Publishing, succeeding Dan Reynolds, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Weinberg joined Hachette Book Group in 2016 when Hachette bought Perseus's publishing operations. She had been publisher of PublicAffairs since 2005 and then, since 2014, Perseus group publisher in charge also of Avalon Travel, Basic Books, Da Capo and Running Press. She oversaw Perseus's transition joining Hachette and will have a similar responsibility in her new position helping Workman further integrate into Hachette, which purchased Workman last year.

At the same time, the Perseus Books Group is being reorganized into two book groups:

The Basic Books Group, led by senior v-p and publisher Lara Heimert, comprises Basic Books, Seal Press, PublicAffairs and Bold Type Books. Heimert continues as publisher of Basic and Seal Press, while Clive Priddle, v-p and publisher of PublicAffairs and Bold Type Books, will report to her.

The Running Press Group, led by Kristin Kiser, who is promoted to senior v-p and publisher, comprises Avalon Travel, Black Dog & Leventhal, Running Press, Running Press Minis, Running Press Studio and Running Press Kids. Kiser remains publisher of Running Press and Black Dog & Leventhal, and Bill Newlin, v-p and publisher of Avalon Travel, will report to her.

Heimert, Kiser and Mary Ann Naples, v-p and publisher of Hachette Books, will report to CEO Michael Pietsch and will join Hachette's executive management board.

Pietsch said that Weinberg "is known for her energy, tenacity, and perspicacity, her exceptionally empathetic leadership, and her strategic approach to our business. She has played a central role as HBG's publishing lead in the integration of Workman into HBG's systems, making her familiar to Workman colleagues. Susan admires Workman's books, traditions, and publishing teams enormously and is eager to work with their brilliantly creative publishers. I know she will help the Workman publishing programs take deep root and grow ever stronger as part of HBG."

As for the new publishing groups, he said, "This leadership change also provides exciting room for growth and expansion for the Perseus publishers and their teams. I'm looking forward to working directly with Lara, Kristin, and Mary Ann and delighted to have them join HBG's executive management board."

Weinberg said, "The spirit of independent publishing at Workman is wonderfully familiar to me from my years at Perseus. I'm immensely proud of the contributions of the Perseus publishers and their teams to HBG and am excited and energized as I shift my focus to Workman, to do all I can to help them grow and thrive. I'm looking forward to immersing myself in Workman's books and series, collaborating with their amazing teams, and helping them continue their extraordinary march of inspired, unique, world-leading publishing."

Reynolds added, "It gives me great calm and happiness to know that Susan will lead the Workman Publishing division, building upon all that we've achieved at Workman and continuing the wonderful tradition of Peter Workman. I've been struck by Susan's leadership, passion, and empathy, as well as her deep history with backlist publishing, which is the heart and soul of Workman. I'm looking forward to working closely with Susan to ensure the smoothest possible transition to her leadership."

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