Rodale Hires Hyperion, Random House Veteran as VP, Deputy Publisher

[Press Release]

Rodale Inc. Names Kristin Kiser VP Deputy Publisher, Trade Books and Director of Author Programs

Rodale Inc., the world’s leading healthy lifestyle company, announced today that Kristin Kiser has been named VP Deputy Publisher, Trade Books and Director of Author Programs effective July 1. In this position Kiser will develop Rodale’s publishing program, as well as new products and initiatives with current and perspective authors and brands, and will work closely with Macmillan, Rodale’s distributor. Reporting to Kiser will be the Sales, Marketing, Art, Rights, and Digital (Ebooks) departments. Kiser will report to Rodale Books VP/Publisher Mary Ann Naples.

Said Naples: “For over 20 years, in her capacity as both VP/Associate Publisher at Hyperion and as Editorial Director at Crown, Kristin was a driving force behind the success of bestselling books and franchises from Suzanne Somers, Timothy Ferriss, Jamie Oliver, Chris Powell, Jillian Michaels, among others. As we look to take our business forward into innovative new directions, we will rely on Kristin’s depth of expertise and unique vision to guide us forward in our mission and reinforce our position as the leading publisher for people looking to improve their lives and the world around them.”
“Having long admired Rodale’s mission-based approach to publishing, I am thrilled to be joining the Books team,” Kiser said. “I look forward to strengthening existing relationships, building new ones and working closely with Mary Ann and the group to develop fresh and original ways to take advantage of Rodale’s many platforms.”

Most recently, Kiser was Vice President and Associate Publisher at Hyperion, where she oversaw bestselling campaigns for Mitch Albom’s The Time Keeper and Have a Little Faith, Jacqueline Kennedy and Listening In by Caroline Kennedy, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Choose to Lose and Choose More, Lose More for Life by Chris Powell, the “Castle” franchise by Richard Castle, and more. Prior to Hyperion, Kiser spent eleven years at Crown, rising from Editor to Editorial Director, where she acquired and edited titles by New York Times bestselling authors Suzanne Somers, John Gottman, Derek Jeter, Gene Simmons, and others, and led an editorial team that acquired bestsellers by President Barack Obama, Timothy Ferriss, and Jillian Michaels.

About Rodale Inc.
Rodale is a global lifestyle company with a mission to inspire and enable people to improve their lives and the world around them. Through a broad portfolio of leading media properties, Rodale reaches more than 70 million people around the world through multiple distribution channels, including magazines, books, online, mobile, e-commerce, direct-to-consumer, and video. Rodale publishes some of the best-known health and wellness lifestyle magazines, including Men’s Health, Prevention, Women’s Health, Runner’s World, Bicycling, Running Times, and Organic Gardening, and is one of the largest independent book publishers in the United States with a collection of bestselling titles including Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, Former FDA Commissioner Dr. David Kessler’s The End of Overeating, Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet, Jessica Alba’s The Honest Life, and the Eat This, Not That! and Flat Belly Diet series, among others. The company is also widely regarded as a digital leader in the areas of health and fitness and has launched three digital properties—Fitbie.com and YouTube channels 3V and Tasted. Rodale continues to expand its reach through an ever-growing list of award-winning mobile applications and partnerships and is a leader in direct-response marketing with more than 27 million active customers in its database. To learn more about Rodale, visit www.rodaleinc.com

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