Ileene Smith will join Farrar, Straus and Giroux as v-p and executive editor on February 15. She will be acquiring and editing authors on both the FSG and Hill & Wang lists.

Smith has been executive editor at large for general interest books for Yale University Press since 2005, as well as the editorial director of Jewish Lives, a series of interpretive biography for which she will continue directing at Yale. Previously, Smith was v-p, senior editor at Random House, and executive editor at Summit Books. She is the recipient of the PEN Roger Klein Award, the Tony Godwin Memorial Award, and a Jerusalem Fellowship.