Michael Pietsch

Michael Pietsch has been Chief Executive Officer of Hachette Book Group since 2013.  He entered publishing with David R. Godine, Publisher, in Boston, and in 1979 came to New York to work as an editor for Charles Scribner’s Sons. In 1985, Pietsch moved to Harmony Books, an imprint of Crown Publishing. He joined Little, Brown in 1991, was appointed Editor-in-Chief in 1998, and became Publisher in 2001. Pietsch has brought out best sellers by James Bradley, Tina Fey, Malcolm Gladwell, Elin Hilderbrand, Stephenie Meyer, Ian Rankin, Keith Richards, J.K. Rowling, Alice Sebold, David Sedaris, Dr. Andrew Weil, and many others. He worked with David Foster Wallace on his novel Infinite Jest and edited his posthumous novel The Pale King, a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He has acquired and edited thrillers by James Patterson, Michael Connelly, George Pelecanos, Walter Mosley, and Michael Koryta, and in 2012 he oversaw the launch of Mulholland Books, a suspense fiction imprint. At Hachette, he has overseen the acquisitions of Perseus Books, Black Dog & Leventhal, and Hyperion Books. Pietsch serves on the boards of Poets and Writers, Bookish, the Association of American Publishers, and is Board Chairman of World Book Night. He joined the PEN America Board in 2014.