Open Road Continues Expansion of Management Team, Hires Publishing Veteran Tina Pohlman

By Jeremy Greenfield, Editorial Director, Digital Book World, @JDGsaid

Adding to its stable of industry veterans, digital book publishing company Open Road Media has hired Tina Pohlman as publisher. She will begin on March 5 and report to co-founder and CEO Jane Friedman.

Pohlman, 42, will oversee all editorial at Open Road. She was most recently vice president and publisher of Three Rivers Press and Broadway Paperbacks at Crown Publishing Group, a Random House imprint.

Founded in October 2009, Open Road is filling its middle management team with book publishing industry veterans.

The company announced the appointment of Nita Taublib as strategic advisor for romance earlier in February and Betsy Mitchell as strategic advisor for sci-fi and fantasy in January. Taublib comes from Random House imprint Bantam Dell where she was executive vice president, publisher and editor-in-chief until June 2010. Mitchell was editor-in-chief at Random House sci-fi imprint Del Rey for ten years until January 2012. Both will report to Pohlman.

Pohlman began her career as an editorial assistant at Houghton Mifflin in 1993. She has also held editorial director positions at Random House imprint Spiegel & Grau and at Harcourt Trade Publishers, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She is also the founder of Moulinarn Mobile Books. Founded in 2009, Moulinarn curates titles and apps for readers who are using electronic devices.

In addition to Pohlman, Toublib and Mitchell, Open Road has several veterans from traditional publishing houses on its executive team.

Open Road co-founder and CEO Friedman has a long career in publishing, including serving as chief executive of HarperCollins Worldwide from 1997 to 2008. Chief marketing officer Rachel Chou also comes most recently from HarperCollins where she was vice president of online product development.

Other members of Open Road’s executive team – president and co-founder Jeffrey Sharp, executive vice president of production Luke Parker Bowles and chief operating officer Chris Davis – come from outside of the book publishing world.

The company currently has 28 full-time employees as well as additional part-time and freelance workers.

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