July 15-31, 2005 Edition




New York/Toronto/07/11/05—Kevin Hanson has been named President of Simon & Schuster Canada, it was announced today. Mr. Hanson will begin his new position on August 2, reporting to Larry Norton, President of the Simon & Schuster Sales and Distribution Division, who made the announcement.

In his position, Mr. Hanson will have responsibility for all the sales, marketing, financial and operations activities of Simon & Schuster Canada, which is the exclusive distributor in Canada of the book and audio products of both Simon & Schuster and Simon & Schuster U.K, as well as for Simon & Schuster’s roster of U.S. distribution clients. In addition, Mr. Hanson will be a member of the Simon & Schuster Executive Committee, and will report to Simon & Schuster President and CEO Jack Romanos on corporate business affairs.

Mr. Hanson comes to Simon & Schuster from HarperCollins Books of Canada, where he has been Vice President, Sales and Marketing since 2002. He had previously held senior executive positions at other leading Canadian publishing companies including Chief Operating Officer of Madison Press Books and Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Penguin Books Canada.

“In the last few years we have repositioned Simon & Schuster Canada as a sales and marketing company that, while using the entire support and resources that the larger Simon & Schuster can offer, does a great job representing us in the growing Canadian marketplace,” said Jack Romanos. “With this transition period complete, Kevin Hanson is a publishing veteran and sales and marketing executive who we believe will hit the ground running and take Simon & Schuster Canada to even greater levels of performance.”

“Kevin Hanson has the energy, focus, experience and knowledge of the Canadian marketplace to be a truly effective leader for Simon & Schuster Canada,” added Larry Norton. “He is well-known and well-liked by our major customers in Canada, and has a deep understanding of all the business requirements for publishing imported and distributed titles that will enable us to expand our presence and increase our visibility in Canada.”

Kevin Hanson added: “I’ve watched Simon & Schuster Canada transform itself into an entirely different kind of company. Now I’m excited about the opportunity to join them and work closely with the team in Canada, as well as our colleagues in New York and London, to build on their success to date.”

Mr. Hanson, 41, is a 1985 graduate of the University of Alberta, and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Toronto. He has served as director and instructor at the Simon Fraser Book Publishing Workshop. He lives in Toronto.

Mr. Hanson succeeds Deb Woods, who recently resigned from her position as President of Simon & Schuster Canada.

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