Chronicle Books Executive Bios
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Nion McEvoy, chairman and CEO of The McEvoy Group, 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 departments of the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills and of Wescom Productions. McEvoy is currently chairman of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s (SAAM) Board of Commissioners and serves on the boards of Aperture, San Francisco Film Society, SFMOMA, and the UCSF Foundation. He is also on the accessions committees at SFMOMA and SAAM. McEvoy is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and of UC Hastings College of the Law.


Tyrrell Mahoney became president of Chronicle Books in January 2017. She had previously been vice president of Sales, Marketing & Business Development for Chronicle Books, a role she had held since 2007. Tyrrell first joined Chronicle Books in 1996, where she started as a sales & marketing associate, and has also served the company as national accounts manager, trade sales director, and 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. She is a long-time resident of San Francisco.


Tom Fernald, executive vice-president and chief operating officer, joined Chronicle Books in 1998 as executive director. His first major project at Chronicle Books had great potential to be his last as the company was put up for sale shortly after he joined the company. Fortunately, The McEvoy Group prevailed as the successful acquirer, and the spirit of the company thrives to this day. Prior to joining Chronicle Books, Tom was vice president and publisher of Down East Books and Silver Quill, the book divisions of his family’s publishing company in Maine where he was responsible for all aspects of the book publishing program for ten years. He also worked in industrial construction management for several years early in his career where his daily interactions were far less pleasant than those he now enjoys in publishing. Somewhere in the middle of these years he spent an entire ski season at Vail Resort in Colorado working exceptionally hard at being a ski bum, but was ultimately unsuccessful at sustaining the lifestyle.


Mikyla Bruder rejoined Chronicle books in August of 2023 as Senior Vice President and Group Publisher. She first joined Chronicle Books as an editorial assistant in 1998, eventually becoming Publishing Director overseeing the categories of food, health, lifestyle, and spirituality as well as Chronicle’s format list until her departure in 2010. During her hiatus from Chronicle, she served as Associate Publisher at Timber Press, a Workman owned company, and then worked at Amazon for 12 years, helping to build their in-house publishing business which she eventually ran as Head of Amazon Publishing, Worldwide, in addition to overseeing Brilliance Audio, a subsidiary of Amazon. Mikyla is a graduate of UC Davis with a BA in English.