Carolyn Reidy, the head of Simon & Schuster, is dead at 71
Taking the helm in 2008, she steered the publishing house, one of the Big Five, through a deep recession and a digital revolution.
Carolyn Reidy, a visionary publishing executive who steered Simon & Schuster through a deep recession and a digital revolution, died on Tuesday in Southampton, N.Y. She was 71.
The cause was a heart attack, a Simon & Schuster spokesman said. At her death, at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, she was chief executive of the company and one of the few women in the industry to lead a major publishing house.
Ms. Reidy was known for being both tough and generous as she navigated often tumultuous industry shifts over five decades. She was also known for her meticulous engagement with every aspect of the publishing process, from cover art and font type to publicity and marketing.
She became chief executive of Simon & Schuster, one of the Big Five book publishers, in 2008 and immediately faced a challenging economic climate with the onset of the Great Recession and a fast-changing digital landscape. Among her initiatives was the digitization of the house’s backlist.