Simon and Schuster announced today that Dana Canedy will be the publishing giant’s newest executive vice president and publisher. Canedy is a former journalist, administrator of the Pulitizer Prizes, and a Pulitizer Prize winner herself. Canedy was up for a job at Simon and Schuster two years ago, but turned it down to stay at the Pulitizer Prizes, the New York Times reports.
Amidst a time of many companies scrambling to create a more diverse organization, Canedy credits the president of Simon and Schuster, Jonathan Karp, for approaching her two years ago. Speaking to the New York Times, Canedy said, “That’s the way you want to go into a company. I wouldn’t be taking this job if I thought he just wanted a Black publisher.”
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When Canedy steps into this new role on July 27, she will become the third woman and the first Black person to hold this position.
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