November 13 – November 20, 2008 Edition

Random House’s
Ann Weinerman Chairs
AAP Diversity Effort

New York, NY, November 13, 2008— The Association of American Publishers announced Monday of this week that Ann Weinerman, Manager of Training and Employee Development for Random House, Inc. will chair the AAP Diversity, Recruit & Retain Committee. She succeeds Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Bridget Marmion, now chair of the AAP Trade Executive Committee.

“It’s crucial that our industry reflect our country and all its potential readers. The DRRC was created to bring publishing to the attention of the best and the brightest as they choose careers, especially to the attention of candidates of diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds,” Ms. Marmion said. “As a dedicated professional with great Human Resources background and expertise, Ann is the ideal individual to guide this important diversity and recruiting initiative. I’m delighted to pass the baton to such a highly qualified and respected colleague,” she added.

Following six years at Ballantine Books (now part of the Random House Publishing Group), Ms. Weinerman transferred to Human Resources at Random House, Inc. in 2004. She has been responsible for their training and employee-development program, designing and managing in-house employee development seminars, and spearheading in-house live and multimedia learning initiatives. Over the past three years she has played a key role in developing AAP’s Introduction to Publishing program.

As the new chair of the AAP Diversity Recruit & Retain Committee, she will work with colleagues from across a wide range of publishing houses to fulfill the Committee’s mandate of creating programs to attract talented, diverse talent to book publishing through the “Book Yourself a Career” campaign. The centerpiece of the campaign is the website, which serves as a comprehensive web portal for jobs and internships at all levels and a “one-stop-shopping” resource for information about book publishing. The campaign includes a college-outreach initiative focusing on schools with high academic standards and a diverse student population.

“Ann is well-qualified to spearhead the industry’s diversity, recruit and retain programs as the committee moves forward with new initiatives to expand industry services and address critical issues in the changing economic landscape,” said AAP’s President & CEO Pat Schroeder. “We’re grateful for her willingness to give her time and thrilled to have her on board.”

The Association of American Publishers is the national trade association of the U.S. book publishing industry. AAP’s more than 300 members include most of the major commercial publishers in the United States, as well as smaller and non-profit publishers, university presses and scholarly societies—small and large. AAP members publish hardcover and paperback books in every field, educational materials for the elementary, secondary, postsecondary, and professional markets, scholarly journals, computer software, and electronic products and services. The protection of intellectual property rights in all media, the defense of the freedom to read and the freedom to publish at home and abroad, and the promotion of reading and literacy are among the Association’s highest priorities.