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Meet the Team
Ann Godoff, President and Editor-in-Chief
Ann Godoff is President and Editor-in-Chief of Penguin Press, which she founded in 2003. She has had a distinguished and singular career in book publishing, editing and publishing many award-winning and bestselling works of fiction and nonfiction. She first joined the editorial department of Simon & Schuster in 1980, and in 1987 became Senior Editor at Atlantic Monthly Press; in two years she became Editor-in-Chief. In 1991, Ms. Godoff was appointed Executive Editor at Random House, where she would eventually be named Vice President and Editorial Director. In 1997 she became President, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the Random House Trade Publishing Group and Executive Vice President of Random House, Inc.
Scott Moyers, Vice President and Publisher
Scott Moyers is Vice President and Publisher of Penguin Press. He began his career in Doubleday’s editorial department, where he worked from 1991 to 1995 before moving to Scribner as Associate Editor. In 1998, Mr. Moyers joined Ann Godoff at Random House, where he rose to the position of Senior Editor. Mr. Moyers then joined Ms. Godoff for the founding of Penguin Press in 2003. Four years later, Mr. Moyers was appointed Director of the New York office of the Wylie Agency; he returned to Penguin Press in 2011 as Publisher.
Sarah Hutson, VP, Director of Publicity
Sarah Hutson is Vice President, Director of Publicity at Penguin Press. She joined Penguin Press in 2004 after having worked in publicity at Henry Holt & Company and Vintage Books
Matt Boyd, VP, Associate Publisher, Director of Marketing
Matthew Boyd is the VP, Associate Publisher, and Director of Marketing at Penguin Press. He has been with Penguin since 2005 and has previously worked at Riverhead Books, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, and in Penguin corporate.
John Burnham Schwartz, Editor-at-Large
John Burnham Schwartz is the author of six acclaimed novels, including The Red Daughter, The Commoner, and Reservation Road, which was made into a film based on his screenplay. A recipient of a Lyndhurst Prize for mastery in the art of fiction, his books have been translated into twenty languages, and he has done extensive screen and television writing, including as screenwriter of HBO Films’ The Wizard of Lies starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, for which he was nominated for a 2018 Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Writing. The longtime Literary Director of the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference, Schwartz is also Editor-at-Large at Penguin Press, as well as host and co-producer of the literary podcast Beyond the Page: The Best of the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference. He lives in New York City with his wife, writer Aleksandra Crapanzano, and their son Garrick.
Virginia Smith Younce, Executive Editor
Virginia Smith Younce is an Executive Editor at Penguin Press. She began her career in book publishing at Simon & Schuster in 2006, and in 2008 was named Associate Editor at Ecco/HarperCollins. She joined Penguin Press in 2009.
Emily Cunningham, Senior Editor
Emily Cunningham is a Senior Editor at Penguin Press, which she joined after more than four years at Harper. She began her publishing career at Grove/Atlantic. She is a native of the Boston area and lives in Brooklyn.
William Heyward, Senior Editor
William Heyward is a Senior Editor at Penguin Press, and previously worked in the editorial department of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group and at Maria B. Campbell Associates.
Juli Kiyan, Editor and Associate Director of Publicity
Juli Kiyan is an Editor and Associate Director of Publicity at Penguin Press. She began her career at Scribner and joined Penguin Press in 2011. She has worked in publicity for over a decade, and her role recently expanded to acquire and edit titles.
Casey Denis, Editor
Casey Denis is an Editor at Penguin Press. She began her career in publishing at McGraw-Hill, and joined Penguin Press as an Editorial Assistant in 2015.
Mia Council, Editor
Mia Council is an Editor at Penguin Press, which she joined as an Editorial Assistant in 2017.
Caroline Sydney, Associate Editor
Caroline Sydney is an Associate Editor at Penguin Press. Previously, she was an Editorial Assistant at Other Press and joined Penguin Press in 2017.
Kiara Barrow, Senior Editor
Kiara Barrow is a Senior Editor at Penguin Press, where she returned in 2022. She is also co-founder and co-editor of The Drift.