Ken Fund, the former COO of Quarto Publishing Group, died on February 22. He was 65.

Fund joined Quarto in 1999 as president and CEO of subsidiary Rockport Publishers before going on to head the company's U.S. division. He was appointed group COO in 2016, and joined the board as an executive director in 2018. Upon Fund’s retirement in December 2021, he remained on the board as a non-executive director.

Fund’s career in publishing began at Simon & Schuster, which he joined as a business manager in 1984. He later joined HarperCollins San Francisco in 1990, rising to senior v-p for adult publishing.

“Ken will be hugely missed by his publishing colleagues and Quarto family. His leadership and friendship were invaluable to me and so many others at Quarto over his 24 years at the company," said Winnie Danenbarger, senior v-p and group publishing director. "We are all still reeling from this tragic news. He leaves behind an incredible legacy that will live on for years to come.”

Group CEO Alison Goff added: “Ken was a huge part of the Quarto family for many years and will be greatly missed by all those who worked with him.”

Fund's passions included food, animals, golf, tennis, and the New York Jets. He is survived by wife, Linda; children, Maxwell and Rachel; siblings, Steven and Suzanne; and beloved pets, Moira and Muffy.