Leaders of the Pack
Book sales in the U.S. totaled more than $25 billion in 2001, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP), an organization that's aided book publishers with important technical information about the book industry. It's no surprise that in light of the figures, the board would choose the newest leaders that it did.
Robert Evanson (McGraw-Hill Education), Jane Friedman (HarperCollins Publishers) and John Sargent (Holtzbrinck Publishers) were named as AAP officers for fiscal year 2002/2003, which begins on April 1, 2002. Evanson will serve a two-year term as chairman of the AAP Board with Friedman as vice chair and Sargent as treasurer. Evanson succeeds Robert Miller (Hyperion) as AAP chairman.
As president of McGraw-Hill Education, Evanson heads a company with educational and professional materials serving markets from kindergarten through higher education, generating $2.4 billion in revenue last year. A recipient of McGraw-Hill's Excellence in Management award, Evanson was instrumental in integrating Macmillan/McGraw-Hill School Publishing Company into The McGraw-Hill Companies. The recent AAP Annual Meeting in Washington revealed the surprising daredevil side of Evanson in a slide projection of the new chairman skydiving.
Friedman, who was listed among Vanity Fair's 200 "Women Legends, Leaders and Trailblazers," is president and CEO of HarperCollins, a subsidiary of News Corporation. Under Friedman's leadership, HarperCollins had 93 adult and children's titles on the New York Times bestseller list last year. Before joining HarperCollins in 1997, she was executive vice president at Random House. With her election, which puts her in line to succeed Evanson in 2004, Friedman becomes only the second woman in AAP's 32-year history to occupy that post. (Joan Manley of Time-Life Books, who chaired the AAP Board in 1975-76, was the only other woman to hold the position).
John Sargent is CEO of Holtzbrinck, which owns three college publishers (Bedford, Freeman, and Worth) and five trade houses (Farrar Straus & Giroux, Henry Holt, Picador, St. Martin's Press, and TOR). Prior to joining Holtzbrinck, Sargent headed Dorling Kindersley USA and was president and publisher of the children's division of Simon & Schuster.