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Mark Gompertz

Creative Director, Content Extensions

Mark Gompertz is Creative Director, Content Extensions for Hearst Magazines, developing and executing compelling and substantive content for the company’s print and digital brands, which include 20 consumer magazines and 28 websites in the U.S. The first project, 7 YEARS YOUNGER, became a NY Times Bestseller.

In his distinguished career, Gompertz has edited and published numerous award-winning and best-selling books. Most recently he served as an eBook consultant/project manager and executive producer of enhanced eBooks including the #1 NY Times Bestseller, JACQUELINE KENNEDY: Historic Conversations On Life With John F. Kennedy which Apple called the #1 enhanced eBook of 2011.

Before that he was Executive Vice President Digital Publishing for Simon & Schuster (CBS Corporation) In this newly created position, reporting to the CEO, he was responsible for the strategies, processes and implementation of adult and children e-Books, Enhanced e-Books and e-Chapters. He brought an editorial perspective to its imprints, authors, agents, sales and marketing departments and produced new revenue streams for the company.

Mark joined Simon & Schuster in 1993 to become EVP, Publisher of the Touchstone and Fireside trade paperback imprints. He had general management responsibilities for a $130 million business, and  a staff of over 40 employees publishing over 200 books per year. In 2002, after a record sales growth, Mark recreated these entities to be stand- alone imprints publishing both hardcover and paperback books and in August 2007, he added the duties of overseeing Howard Publishers which publishes books on Christianity. Howard had its first national bestsellers the following year: Rick Warren’s The Purpose of Christmas and the #1 New York Times  bestseller, Mistaken Identity.

At the Touchstone Fireside and Howard imprints of Simon & Schuster, Mark  presided over the editorial, publicity, and associate publisher’s office staff and supervised the work of the support departments in production, sales, advertising and promotion.

Among the  hardcover bestsellers he published: The novels of Philippa Gregory, (with over 8.2 million copies in print in the US alone)including The Other Boleyn Girl, Kristin Chenoweth’s  A Little Bit Wicked, Paris Hilton’s Confessions of An Heiress, J.A. Jance’s Web Of Evil, Fantasia’s Life Is Not A Fairytale,Allison Dubois’ We Are Their Heaven and Kathleen McGowan’s The Expected One.  

Paperback bestsellers he published include: Betheny Frankel’s Naturally Thin, The Bro Code (based on the CBS comedy, How I Met Your Mother),   Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes,  David McCullough’s John Adams , Doris Kearns Goodwin’s No Ordinary Time, Iyanla Vanzant’s In the Meantime, Gary Zukov’s The Seat of the Soul, Stephen Ambrose’s Undaunted Courage, Michael Drosnin’s The Bible CodeThe Motley Fool Investment Guide series, Robert Stone’s Damascus Gates, Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, M. Scott Peck’s The Road Less Traveled, Don DeLillo’s Underworld, Tony Robbin’s Awaken the Giant Within, Peter Lynch’s Beating the Street, Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News, William Bennett’s Book of Virtues, Richard and Linda Eyre’s Teaching Your Children Values, Thomas Keneally’s Schindler’s List, Neale Godfrey’s Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees, and Gary Wills’ Lincoln at Gettysburg .

In addition to his role as publisher, Mark continued to edit a number of titles, including Ursula Hegi’s New York Times bestseller Stones From the River (an Oprah Book Club pick which  has over 1 million copies in print)  and Robert Klein’s The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue,  

Prior to Simon and Schuster, Mark was Associate Publisher and then Publisher of Avon Trade Paperbacks, a line he originated and guided to great success. While at Avon he oversaw all aspects of the Trade Paperback publishing program, from editorial through marketing and sales. For the Avon list he personally acquired the bestsellers: David Fromkin’s A Peace to End All Peace, Caroline Kennedy’s In Our Defense, Dennis McFarland’s The Music Room and Colleen McCullough’s Fortunes Favorites, which he also edited.

In an earlier position Mark served as Senior Editor at Crown Publishing. During his four years at Crown he acquired and edited many books including: Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, Dick Schaap’s Simms to McConkey, Milton Berle’s Private Joke File and Ken Davis’ Don’t Know Much About History, which became a New York Times bestseller for over 35 weeks.

Mark began his career in publishing at The Overlook Press (distributed by Viking Penguin) where he held a series of jobs over ten years, from Publicity Director to Editor-in-Chief to General Manager. At Overlook he edited Alain Silver’s Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style, Clem Labine’s The Old House Journal Compendium, Raymond Loewy’s Industrial Design and acquired Salman Rushdie’s first novel, Grimus. Under his helm, Overlook had its first national bestseller, A Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi, which went on to sell over 1 million copies. Mark’s passion for books, media and culture was fueled during his college years at Boston University (where he graduated summa cum laude) when he wrote film reviews for two independent newspapers, and worked briefly as a production assistant at WBZ-TV, Boston.

He has served on the board of The Scarsdale Library, the UJA Publishing Committee, the American Association of Publishers, the Copyright Clearance Center and Digital Book World and was an editorial fellow at both the London and Jerusalem book fairs . In 2011 he was appointed President of the Publishers Lunch Club.