Brian Murray is President and Chief Executive Officer of HarperCollins, a subsidiary of News Corporation. He oversees the HarperCollins global book publishing operations in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, New Zealand, India and China. He was appointed to this position in June, 2008.
Murray joined HarperCollins in 1997 and held several positions in the General Books Group until 2001, when he was named Chief Executive Officer of HarperCollins Australia/New Zealand. During his three years the business grew to new heights while expanding its local publishing program to award-winning status. In 2004, he returned to HarperCollins in the United States as Group President where he expanded the business. Murray was promoted to President of HarperCollins Worldwide in July 2007; in this role he was responsible for the General Books Group in the United States, HarperCollins Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and China. He also led the development of worldwide growth initiatives...
Dr. Tina Seelig is Professor of the Practice in the Department of Management Science and Engineering (MS&E) at Stanford University. She is also the Executive Director for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), the entrepreneurship center at Stanford University's School of Engineering. She teaches courses on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship in MS&E and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) at Stanford.
In 2014, Dr. Seelig was honored with the SVForum Visionary Award, and in 2009 she received the Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering, recognizing her as a national leader in engineering education. She also received the 2014 MS&E Award for Graduate Teaching, the 2008 National Olympus Innovation Award, and the 2005 Stanford Tau Beta Pi Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Dr. Seelig has written 16 popular science books and educational games. Her newest book, published by HarperCollins in May 2015, is "Insight Out: Get Ideas ...
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According to Brian Murray, CEO and president of HarperCollins, the publishing industry has traditionally functioned using a business-to-business model, eschewing direct relationships with consumers. In conversation with STVP Executive Director Tina Seelig, Murray explains why his company puts its authors forward as the brand.