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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.

 

Tyrrell Mahoney, President, 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 and in 2016 she was named President of Chronicle Books. 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.

 

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.