Open Road Hires Senior Editor for Publishing Partners and Back-List Books

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Digital publisher Open Road has hired Philip Rappaport as a senior editor. He will be editorial liaison for the company’s publishing partners and will be responsible for acquiring titles for the company’s Author Brand Program (read: back-list).

Until July, Rappaport was a senior editor at Canadian Random House division McClelland & Stewart, where he worked with authors like Anne Applebaum, Michael Moss and others. All told, Rappaport spent nine-and-a-half years at Random House. In addition to his time at Random House, Rappaport spent six years as an editor at Simon & Schuster. He has already started at Open Road.

Open Road has been expanding over the past year, adding publishing veterans from traditional houses. Most recently, Open Road hired former Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster division) editorial director Maggie Crawford as a strategic advisor. The company also lost an executive this Fall when Barbara Marcus left Open Road to join Random House as its new head of its children’s publishing division.

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