Jane Friedman is the President and Chief Executive Officer of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide, one of the world’s leading English-language publishers. She came to HarperCollins in 1997 from Random House, where she served as Executive Vice President of Random House, Inc., Executive Vice President of the Knopf Publishing Group, Publisher of Vintage Books, and Founder and President of Random House Audio Publishing.
She serves on the board of the Association of American Publishers, Literacy Partners,Yale University Press, and Poets & Writers, Inc. She is also a member of the American Advisory Committee of the Jerusalem International Book Fair, the Advisory Committee to the MFA program in creative writing at The New School and is a Vice- Chair of the Entertainment, Media and Communications Division of the UJA- Federation of New York. In 2006, Friedman was honored as Publishers Weekly Person of the Year; named one of The Wall Street Journal’s 50 Women to Watch; selected as one of Fast Company’s Fast 50; and was featured in New York Magazine’s The Influentials. In addition to her recent recognitions, Friedman was named one of the 101 Most Powerful People in Entertainment by Entertainment Weekly for several years running.