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The Association of American Publishers (AAP) announced today that its Directors have re-elected Brian Napack as Chairman of the Board for the 2021-2022 term, and elected Michael Pietsch as Vice Chairman.
Mr. Napack, who is President and CEO of John Wiley & Sons, began his tenure as Chairman in September of 2020. Previously he served as AAP’s Vice Chairman since the beginning of 2020, and as a Board member since 2017.
Mr. Pietsch is Chief Executive Officer of Hachette Book Group. He has served on the AAP Board since 2013.
In addition, the Board elected Jeremy North, Managing Director for Books publishing at Taylor & Francis, to continue in the role of Treasurer.
Rounding out the Board’s Executive Committee is Tim Bozik, President of Global Product and North American Courseware for Pearson, and AAP Chairman from 2019-2020.
“AAP’s Board has long been home to some of the most accomplished and talented executives in publishing,” commented AAP’s President and CEO Maria A. Pallante. “We are grateful to Brian Napack and Michael Pietsch for accepting these leadership posts in service to the industry, as AAP continues to advocate for laws and policies that incentivize the lawful publication of books, research journals, and education solutions worldwide.”
“A vibrant, independent publishing industry plays an essential role in our democracy, and this year, more than most, it will play critical role in the healing of our nation,” said Brian Napack. “It is a privilege to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with AAP and its member companies to pursue our critical mission, one that enables discovery, learning, creative expression and, overall, the advancement of society worldwide.”
“AAP’s work in promoting copyright protections, free expression, and fair markets has never been more important. It is my honor to serve AAP’s membership and to work with such a committed board of executives to help publishers, authors, and readers to thrive,” added Michael Pietsch.