Jonathan Karp was named President and CEO of Simon & Schuster, Inc. in May 2020. In this role, he is responsible for all the publishing and operations of Simon & Schuster’s numerous publishing divisions and its international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom.
Mr. Karp first joined Simon & Schuster in June 2010 as publisher of the company’s flagship imprint. Among the highlights of Mr. Karp’s ten years as publisher were the publication of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, What Happened by Hillary Clinton, Fear by Bob Woodward, Frederick Douglass by David Blight (winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History), Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen, In One Person by John Irving, The Library Book by Susan Orlean, and (coming in October) Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld. .
In 2018, Mr. Karp was named President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, encompassing the company’s New York–based adult trade publishing groups: Atria Books, Gallery Books, Scribner, and Simon & Schuster. Under his leadership, the adult group launched a successful new imprint, Avid Reader Press, and established the Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau.
Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, Mr. Karp was Publisher and Editor in Chief of Twelve, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group, which he founded in 2005. Before that, Mr. Karp was Editor in Chief of Random House, where he began his publishing career in 1989.
Mr. Karp serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of American Publishers. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and his Master of Arts degree from New York University.