Brian Murray has been promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide, following the resignation today of Jane Friedman. Mr. Murray, 41, has been the company’s President since July 2007. His appointment is effective immediately.
As President of HarperCollins Worldwide, Mr. Murray led the development of worldwide growth initiatives including digital strategy and investment. He also had direct responsibility for the HarperCollins General Books Group in the U.S. which includes HarperCollins, William Morrow and Collins publishing divisions, as well as oversight of a variety of international operations.
“HarperCollins is an important business for News Corporation and, in his 11-year tenure, Brian has demonstrated an impressive track record of growing publishing companies,” commented Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive of News Corporation. “He is ideally suited to work with his colleagues at News Corporation and HarperCollins to achieve even greater success.”
“I am thrilled to be taking on this new role,” said Mr. Murray. “I am looking forward to working with my colleagues to invest in and grow our publishing businesses around the world at a time when digital technologies are creating new opportunities to bring authors and readers together.”
Murray joined HarperCollins in 1997 and held several positions in the General Books Group until 2001, when he was named Chief Executive Officer of HarperCollins Australia/New Zealand, where he significantly increased both market share and financial performance. In 2004, he returned to HarperCollins in the U.S. as Group President and was promoted to President of HarperCollins Worldwide in July 2007. Mr. Murray has led the company’s digital efforts which include the development of HarperCollins digital warehouse, direct to consumer marketing initiatives and the digitization of HarperCollins’ backlist. He has also established the company’s first office in Beijing and is responsible for its business development in China.
HarperCollins, one of the largest English-language publishers in the world, is a subsidiary of News Corporation (NYSE: NWS, NWS.A; ASX: NWS, NWSLV). Headquartered in New York, HarperCollins has publishing groups around the world including the HarperCollins General Books Group, HarperCollins Children’s Books Group, Zondervan, HarperCollins UK, HarperCollins Canada, HarperCollins Australia/New Zealand and HarperCollins India. HarperCollins is a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children’s books, cookbooks, mystery, romance, reference, religious and spiritual books.
With nearly 200 years of history HarperCollins has published some of the world’s foremost authors and has won numerous awards including the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, the Newbery Medal and the Caldecott. Consistently at the forefront of innovation and technological advancement HarperCollins is the first publisher to digitize its content and create a global digital warehouse to protect the rights of its authors, meet consumer demand and generate additional business opportunities.