Brian Napack

President and CEO of John Wiley & Sons

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Brian Napack is president and CEO of John Wiley & Sons. He joined Wiley in December of 2017 and is the 14th CEO in Wiley’s 212-year history.

Brian has devoted his career to the education, information, publishing, and media industries.  From 2012 until he joined Wiley, Brian was a senior advisor with Providence Equity, one of the world’s leading private equity investors.  During this period, he was focused on making and managing investments in his sectors, and was an active director on the boards of numerous companies including Ascend Learning, Blackboard, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Ingram Industries, EDMC, Burning Glass, myON, Recorded Books, HotChalk, and Synergis.

Currently, Brian serves on the boards of Wiley, Burning Glass, a leading data and analytics software company, and Zero To Three, a science-based early childhood advocacy group dedicated to ensuring that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life.

From 2006 to 2012, Brian was president of Macmillan, the global publisher, overseeing publishing businesses in education, consumer books, digital media and magazines.  Macmillan’s imprints include St. Martin’s Press; Farrar Strauss & Giroux; Henry Holt; Bedford, Freeman, & Worth; and Scientific American where he was chairman.  Before that, Brian was a partner at L.E.K. Consulting, a global management consulting firm, serving corporate and private equity clients in media, publishing, entertainment, and education.

Brian founded and was CEO of ThinkBox, a digital media company focused on pre K-12 education.  At The Walt Disney Company, Brian founded and ran Disney Educational Publishing and was a co-founder of Disney Interactive. Earlier in his career, he held senior roles at Simon & Schuster, the large diversified publishing company, and at A.T. Kearney, a leading management consulting company.

Brian received a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College.