Greenman-Schmitz Named Publisher of Lerner's Kar-Ben Imprint  

Fran Greenman-Schmitz

Fran Greenman-Schmitz has been named publisher of Kar-Ben Publishing, which publishes Jewish-themed children's books and is an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group. She will assume her new position effective July 1, succeeding current publisher Joni Sussman, who is retiring.

Greenman-Schmitz has more than 20 years experience developing and producing content, including children's fiction and nonfiction book series, catalogues, and magazines. She has worked with many of the world's leading companies, including Highlights for Children, Mattel/American Girl, Procter & Gamble, Kraft Foods, United Airlines, Allstate, NASA, and Hallmark.

As publisher of Kar-Ben, she will manage the publishing program for Jewish interest books for toddlers through middle grade readers. Lerner said it will enhance the Kar-Ben imprint by "strengthening and building upon an already successful publishing program that includes highly reviewed and award-winning books that celebrate Jewish heritage and culture."
"With her extensive brand management and content development expertise, Fran brings to us a proven track record and will continue to build Kar-Ben's strong publishing program," said Adam Lerner, president and CEO of Lerner Publishing Group. "Fran is dedicated to Kar-Ben's mission of providing a platform for diverse voices and perspectives that celebrate Jewish heritage and culture, and we are excited for her to continue grow Kar-Ben's 50-year legacy of award-winning books."

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