As part of an industry-wide effort to reckon with issues of diversity in trade book publishing, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster have each named new high-ranking staffers to address issues of diversity at their companies.
At HarperCollins, Gisselda Nuñez has been named to the newly created role of v-p of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), effective September 21. Nuñez, who will sit on the U.S. trade executive committee, will be charged with leading and advising the company on DEI initiatives; advising the company's recruitment team on strategies and best practices for diverse hiring; leading the publisher's DEI learning and development program; overseeing HC's New York D&I committee; and advocating for change management on DEI issues, among other responsibilities.
Nuñez was most recently executive director and head of diversity strategy at Morgan Stanley.
At S&S, Amanda Armstrong-Frank will assume the newly created role of director of workplace culture and diversity initiatives, reporting both to S&S president and CEO Jonathan Karp and ViacomCBS Office of Global Inclusion, run by global head of inclusion Marva Smalls; she will also work closely with Simon & Schuster’s HR department, Karp wrote in a letter to staff.
Armstrong-Frank has served as chair of S&S's Rockefeller Center–based Diversity Council since 2005, in which role she supported or established programs and initiatives to promote diversity that "have become part of the fabric of Simon & Schuster," Karp wrote, including the company's Associates Program and its overall mentoring program.
Armstrong-Frank "will have the benefit of direct access to the many resources of the Office of Global Inclusion," Karp wrote. "She will partner with me in helping to facilitate conversations and access to senior management, building targeted development programming and expanding management participation in our extensive recruitment outreach to pools of BIPOC talent. Amanda will also work with HR to bring much-anticipated diversity and inclusion training to all Simon & Schuster employees annually, and as part of new-hire onboarding to support a culture of awareness, inclusion, and psychological safety from day one."
On Monday, Macmillan announced it had hired LaToya Rose to fill the newly created role of v-p of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
This piece has been updated for clarity.