Hazel-Ann Mayers Named Simon & Schuster General Counsel

September 11, 2015
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mayers_091115Hazel-Ann Mayers has been named Executive Vice President, General Counsel of Simon & Schuster, Inc., it was announced today by Carolyn Reidy, President and Chief Executive Officer, to whom Ms. Mayers will report.  The appointment is effective immediately. 

Ms. Mayers will be responsible for the full spectrum of legal affairs for Simon & Schuster worldwide.   She will work with Ms. Reidy and Simon & Schuster’s publishing and operations units and international companies to provide the legal framework, strategy and execution for all its business affairs, from contracts and trade issues to intellectual property management, regulatory issues, corporate governance and litigation.   Ms. Mayers will also work closely with her counterparts at CBS Corporation, the parent company of Simon & Schuster.

 Ms. Mayers joins Simon & Schuster from CBS Corporation, where she was most recently Senior Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, Litigation and Chief Compliance Officer.   She has been a member of the CBS Legal department since 2006, during which time she has worked closely with all of its business units worldwide including CBS Broadcasting, CBS Interactive, CBS Radio, Showtime Networks, Simon & Schuster, and also the CBS Board of Directors.  Before joining CBS, she held positions as a litigation counsel at Viacom Inc., and as an associate at Proskauer Rose LLP and Willkie Farr and Gallagher. 

“Hazel-Ann Mayers’ broad business and legal experience will be of great benefit to Simon & Schuster,” said Carolyn Reidy.  “From her position within CBS she has developed a familiarity with the unique requirements and different challenges we face, and in working with her over the years I have been struck by her impressive command of the issues and solution-oriented approach.  Hazel will provide the counsel we need to accomplish our day-to-day and long-term goals in an increasingly complicated business environment.”

 “I’m thrilled to join Simon & Schuster, known to readers and authors alike as a world-class publishing company that publishes great books of every conceivable kind, and long admired for its history of bold and innovative business practices,” said Hazel-Ann Mayers.  “I am looking forward to working with Carolyn, her team of publishers and executives, and Simon & Schuster’s distinguished roster of authors to continue its legacy of stellar publishing in what is a truly fascinating time in the publishing business.” 

 Ms. Mayers succeeds David Hillman, who was today named Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Television Stations, Sports and Broadcast Operations for CBS Corporation.

 Ms. Mayers is a graduate of City College of New York and Harvard Law School, and holds a certificate in Advanced Management from the Harvard Business School Executive Education program.   She is a frequent speaker at legal conferences and seminars, and at colleges and universities, and has served on numerous professional and charitable boards, including currently serving as a vice president of the New York City Bar Justice Center.   She lives on Long Island, New York, with her husband and son.  

 Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at www.simonandschuster.com

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