Simon & Schuster names Jonathan Karp as new CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — Jonathan Karp, who has worked with authors ranging from Sen. Edward Kennedy to Susan Orlean, has been named the new CEO of Simon & Schuster. He replaces Carolyn Reidy, who died two weeks ago. Karp joined the company in 2010 and most recently served as president and publisher of Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing. Karp has a long history of critical and commercial success at Random House, at Twelve and at Simon & Schuster. Notable books he has worked on include Kennedy’s “True Compass,” Orlean’s “The Library Book,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” and Laura Hillenbrand’s “Seabiscuit.” Karp takes over Simon & Schuster at a time when the publisher’s future ownership is uncertain.