Carolyn Reidy became President and CEO of Simon & Schuster, Inc. in January 2008 after holding high-level positions there since 1992. She is responsible for all the publishing and operation of Simon & Schuster’s numerous divisions, including Adult Publishing, Children’s Publishing, Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom.
Under her leadership, Simon & Schuster has taken an industry leading position in bringing its works to consumers using new digital formats and distribution capabilities, including ebooks and enhanced ebooks. In addition, the company has expanded into both new territories and publishing categories.
During Reidy’s time with the company, in which she first served as President and Publisher of the Trade Division, and then as President of the Adult Publishing Division, Simon & Schuster has published many acclaimed works, including books by Pulitzer Prize winners Doris Kearns Goodwin, Frank McCourt and David McCullough and Siddhartha Mukherjee; world figures, celebrities, newsmakers and journalists including Glenn Beck, Jimmy Carter, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Dick Cheney, Jaycee Dugard, and Bob Woodward; bestselling novelists Mary Higgins Clark, Vince Flynn, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner; works of practical advice from authorities including Dr. Michael F. Roizen and Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, Bob Greene, and Rhonda Byrne's world wide multi-million copy bestseller THE SECRET; and bestselling children’s and teen authors including Cassandra Clare, Ellen Hopkins, Rachel Renee Russell and Scott Westerfeld.
Prior to Simon & Schuster, Reidy was President and Publisher of Avon Books, after having worked at William Morrow and Random House, where she was publisher of Vintage Books and Associate Publisher of the Random House imprint.
In 2007 Reidy was named one of “The 50 Women to Watch,” by the Wall Street Journal, and is a recipient of the Matrix Award from the New York Women in Communications. She is a graduate of Middlebury College, and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Indiana University. She resides in New York City with her husband.