Don O’Connor, Macmillan’s senior field sales and national account manager for Ingram Kids, died on November 13. He was 63.
O’Connor joined Macmillan in 2007 as a Fifth Avenue field sales rep for the New York metro area. This November marked his 13th anniversary with company.
In her note to Macmillan’s staff, Jenn Gonzalez, president of sales, said O’Connor was “a fierce advocate for all Macmillan books with an extra fondness for Tor’s list. Don always made sure his accounts came first and had everything they needed. “
Gonzalez continued: “In one of my last conversations with Don, he told me that he had sold an extra season of the kids' list early to make sure that there was no disruption in service to his account. He also shared his love of books with his daughter, whom he recruited to work at Macmillan seven years ago. It was a joy to see how proud he was of Liz moving up in the organization.”
A celebration of O’Connor’s life will happen at a later date, Macmillan said. In lieu of flowers, the O’Connor family has asked donations be made to an indie bookstore.