Brian Napack is the President of Holtzbrinck Publishers, a group of Americas leading book, education, and magazine publishing companies. In this role, Mr. Napack has general management responsibility for the Companys operations, which include such brands as Farrar Strauss & Giroux, Henry Holt, Picador, St. Martins Press, Tor, Audio Renaissance, Bedford Freeman & Worth Publishers, and Scientific American.
Mr. Napack joined Holtzbrinck in 2006 with the goal of leveraging the companys world class brands, content, and publishing assets in order to take advantage of emerging opportunities in the new media economy. As such, Mr. Napack spends a great deal of time overseeing the companys digital initiatives in product development and marketing, and ensuring that the company has the digital infrastructure necessary to create, market, and distribute its products. The overriding goal is to ensure that the Holtzbrinck publishers are prepared for the digital future, and that they succeed in their mission to develop and then provide maximum marketing lift for their brands, authors, books and other media products.
Napack came to Holtzbrinck from leading strategy consulting firm L.E.K. Consulting, where was a Partner in its Media and Entertainment practice and the co-head of its Education and Publishing practice. As a consultant, he advised senior executives at leading media and telecommunications companies as they work to understand and exploit opportunities in the digital economy. He has served as a strategic advisor to large private equity investors on their investments in the media business and related sectors.
As an operating executive, Napack has built digital and traditional media businesses at companies such as The Walt Disney Company, Simon & Schuster, and ThinkBox, an Internet education company where he was the founder and CEO. His work as an executive and advisor has spanned the Internet, book publishing, magazine publishing, education, childrens media, filmed entertainment, television, and branded merchandising. Throughout his career, he has focused on the creation of media businesses in education and entertainment that leverage new technologies and distribution platforms to address evolving market demands.