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Executive Bios

Executive Bios

Nion McEvoy, Chairman and CEO, joined Chronicle Books in 1986. He became Editor-in-Chief of the Adult Trade division until the acquisition of the company in February of 2000 by The McEvoy Group. He previously worked in the Business Affairs offices of Wescom Productions and the William Morris Agency. He is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz, and the University of California's Hasting's College of the Law.


Jack Jensen joined Chronicle Books in 1977 as Sales Representative for the Western States, after working as a retail bookseller for five years. At the time, Chronicle Books was comprised of five employees and released twelve titles per year. As Chronicle Books grew, so did Jensen’s role and influence; he has served the company in a number of positions, including Sales and Marketing Director, General Manager, and, in 1991, President and Publisher, where he now oversees a staff of 160, and 225 new book and gift products each year, distribution management for eight publisher clients, and a backlist of more than one thousand titles.


In 2016, Jensen was named President of The McEvoy Group, the holding company that owns Chronicle Books as well as book packager for becker&mayer!, Princeton Architectural Press, Galison/Mudpuppy, and I See Me!. Jensen has served on the faculties of the Stanford University Publishing Course for Professionals, the University of Denver Publishing Institute, 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 completed business courses in the Executive Education Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Married with two children, Jensen received a BFA in Theater Arts from Fort Wright College. His favorite book is John Barth's The Floating Opera.


Tom Fernald, Vice-President of Operations and Finance, joined Chronicle Books in 1998 as Executive Director. Prior to joining Chronicle, he was Vice President and Publisher of Down East Books and Silver Quill books, the book divisions of his family's publishing company in Maine. While at Down East he was responsible for all aspects of the book publishing program for ten years. He also worked in industrial construction management for three years prior to his publishing career where his daily interactions were far less pleasant than those he now enjoys. Somewhere in the middle of these years of building experience he spent an entire ski season at Vail Resort in Colorado working very hard at being a ski bum, but was ultimately unsuccessful at sustaining the lifestyle.


Christine Carswell, Publisher, joined Chronicle Books in 1994 as Executive Editor in the Adult Trade Division. She has twenty years' experience in publishing in the US and her native UK, where she started as a secretary at Chatto & Windus/The Hogarth Press, quickly becoming deputy managing director, as well as publisher of The Hogarth Press. Since moving to the US, she's been a book packager, managed a computer publishing company, and worked at Ten Speed Press before joining Chronicle, where she's been running the Adult Trade Division since 1996.


Victoria Rock, Editor-At-Large and Founding Publisher, Children's Division, joined Chronicle Books in 1987 to establish and launch the company's Children's Division. She worked first as an editor and then as Director of Children's books. She previously worked for the Putnam Publishing Group.


Michael Carabetta, Creative Director, joined Chronicle Books in 1991 as Design Director in the Adult Trade Group. He was appointed to Creative Director at Chronicle Books in 1998. Before joining Chronicle Books, he worked for ten years with Landor Associates in their San Francisco and foreign offices. He attended the Paier College of Art, and received his M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has taught design at California College of Arts and Crafts, has been a guest speaker at the Stanford Professional Publishing Program and is a member of the board of directors of the San Francisco Center for the Book.


Tyrrell Mahoney, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, joined Chronicle Books in 1996 as the sales & marketing associate for the international division. Shortly after, she was promoted to National Accounts Manager in Chronicle's trade division, responsible for selling nearly all key trade accounts including B&N, BGI, Ingram, and B&T. Tyrrell became Trade Sales Director in 2002 and then in 2005, she was promoted to Executive Director of Sales. Prior to joining Chronicle Books, Tyrrell worked as the Circulation Manager at Mother Jones Magazine and as an Account Executive at Epsilon Data Management, a division of American Express. Tyrrell is a graduate of Boston University with a BA in English.


Shona Burns, Executive Director for Production, joined Chronicle Books in 1997 as Production Manager for the Adult Trade group. She was promoted to Production Director in 2000, and ultimately charged with the responsibility for all production groups in 2002. Prior to joining Chronicle Books, Shona graduated from the three-year Book and Periodical Publishing program at Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland, and she has held numerous production positions in the United Kingdom, her last being Deputy Production Manager for Viking and Michael Joseph, both imprints of Penguin Books. She has spoken on various production topics at Booktech, New York, and is the current spokesperson for production issues at the Stanford Summer Publishing Course.