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NION MCEVOY Chairman & CEO

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McEvoy launched his career at Chronicle Books in 1986 as Editor-in-Chief of the adult trade division. In 2000, he acquired the company through the McEvoy Group—the holding company that owns Chronicle Books as well as Princeton Architectural Press, Galison/Mudpuppy, and I See Me!—and today serves as Chairman & CEO of both Chronicle Books and the McEvoy Group. Before entering the publishing world, McEvoy worked in the business affairs departments of the William Morris Agency and Wescom Productions. He is a Commissioner for the Smithsonian American Art Museum and currently serves on the boards of SFJAZZ, the UCSF Foundation, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where he is a member of the Photography Accessions Committee. McEvoy is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz and Hastings College of the Law.

JACK JENSEN President

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Jensen joined Chronicle Books in 1977 as a sales representative for the Western states. At the time, Chronicle Books comprised five employees and released twelve titles per year. As Chronicle Books grew, so did Jensen’s role and influence; during his tenure he has held the positions of Sales and Marketing Director, General Manager, and, since 1991, President and Publisher. In 2016, Jensen was named President of the McEvoy Group. Jensen has served on the faculties of the Stanford Publishing Course for Professionals and the Denver University Publishing Course, and has been a presenter at the annual UCLA Entertainment Symposium. In addition, he has served on the board of the Bay Area Book Council and has completed business courses in the Executive Education Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Jensen received a BFA in Theater Arts from Fort Wright College.

TOM FERNALD Executive Vice-President
and Chief Operating Officer

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Chronicle Books welcomed Fernald in 1998, initially as Executive Director of Operations and Finance and subsequently as Vice President. Prior to joining Chronicle Books, he served for ten years as Vice President and Publisher of Down East Books and Silver Quill Books, the book divisions of his family’s publishing company in Maine, where he managed all aspects of the book publishing program. In 2006, in addition to his position at Chronicle Books, Fernald joined the McEvoy Group and helped acquire and manage 7x7, California Home + Design, Spin magazine, Princeton Architectural Press, becker&mayer!, Galison/Mudpuppy and I See Me! Before his career in publishing, Fernald spent three years working in industrial construction management. He graduated from the University of Maine with a BS in Psychology.

ABBY HOFFMAN Vice President

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Hoffman joined Chronicle Books in 1997 as Director of Sales before subsequently serving in other positions, first as Executive Director of Sales and Marketing, and later as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In 2008 she took a role at the McEvoy Group as Vice President, focusing on new business development, acquisitions and strategic planning. Hoffman helped acquire Princeton Architectural Press, Galison/Mudpuppy and I See Me!, and was instrumental in the companies’ integration into to the McEvoy Group. She has overseen the development of several new business initiatives, including the growth of SmartLab Toys, MyChronicleBooks, and A&CB. An industry leader, she has been a speaker at the Stanford Publishing Course for Professionals. Prior to joining Chronicle Books and the McEvoy Group, Hoffman held key marketing positions at Macmillan Publishing, Exxon, and Taco Bell. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing.

TODD PRESLEY Vice President, Human Resources

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With a background in education, corporate training, and publishing, Presley has worked in corporate management and human resources for over fifteen years. Since he arrived at the organization in 2006, the McEvoy Group has acquired several new companies, growing from two to five. Under Presley’s leadership, the McEvoy Group has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area, and was honored as one of the Top 10 Best Book Publishing Companies to Work For in 2008. A certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), he maintains active memberships in the Society for Human Resource Management and the Northern California Human Resources Association. Presley graduated from Missouri State University with a BA in English and Spanish, and an MA in English. He also holds a PhD in English Language and Literature from the University of Tulsa.