OUR HISTORY

2009

Jane Friedman launches Open Road Integrated Media, a digital-first home for ebook catalogs.

2010-2013

Open Road secures the rights to over 10,000 titles, including marquee authors such as Joan Didion, William Styron, Alice Walker, Dee Brown, and more.

2014

Open Road launches Early Bird Books, a daily discount ebook newsletter and website dedicated to surfacing great literature, and The Lineup, the digital destination for true crime and horror fans.

2016

Open Road adds The Portalist to their content verticals. The Portalist is the home for science fiction and fantasy lovers.

2017

Open Road launches their Ignition program, an opportunity for other publishers to access our real-world understanding of digital titles and backlist marketing opportunities.

2017

Open Road expands their content strategy, adding The Archive, Murder & Mayhem, and A Love So True to their roster. These sites target history, mystery, and romance lovers.

2020

The Ignition program hits 10,000 participating titles in its system. Over 50 publishers are now partnered with Open Road Integrated Media and experiencing an average 100% revenue lift on participating titles.

2021

Open Road purchases Bloodhound Books, a leading independent publisher in the United Kingdom.

2021

An investment group led by David Steinberger acquires Open Road Integrated Media. Steinberger also joins Open Road as CEO.

2022

The Ignition program hits 40,000 participating titles.

2023

The Ignition program hits 50,000 participating titles.

MANAGEMENT

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David Steinburger

CEO

David Steinberger brings 25 years of experience in the publishing industry to Open Road, having served previously as CEO of Arcadia Publishing, CEO of the Perseus Books Group, and both President of Corporate Strategy and President of Adult Trade at HarperCollins. Over the course of his career, David has led the acquisition and transformation of numerous publishers and publishing services companies, with a focus on bringing the power of digital innovation to the world of books. David also serves as Chairman of the National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards.

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Robert Zaffiris

CFO

Finance executive with a proven track record of delivering strategic and financial objectives through revenue, profit, and cash flow growth across B2B, B2C, and B2B2C businesses within both mature businesses and disruptive digital businesses.

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Peter McCarthy

CMO

Pete McCarthy is an audience-centric, data-informed technical and creative marketer focused on books and media. Throughout his 25 years in publishing, Pete has held executive roles at Penguin and at Random House. He also co-founded and ran a boutique consultancy and an analytics start-up. The breadth of his experience includes sales, operations, technology, editorial, data analysis, people management, and strategic leadership.

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Sarah Janet

SVP, Business Analytics and Growth

Sarah Janet organizes and refines the company’s overall marketing and business efforts. She brings to her role more than 15 years of experience in publishing and marketing, along with strong data analytics skills and an ability to assess financial risks and opportunities. Prior to joining Open Road she held marketing positions at Penguin Random House, working with a wide range of bestselling authors.

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Heidi Sachner

SVP, Business Development

A publishing veteran with extensive experience in sales, marketing, and distribution, Heidi Sachner oversees Open Road’s Ignition marketing services program for client publishers.  Before joining Open Road, Heidi led the book group at F+W Media, a multimedia content and ecommerce company and was a distribution executive at both the Ingram Content Group and Perseus Books Group.  Prior to that she held various sales and marketing positions at large publishing houses and was also associate publisher involved in all aspects of the business at independent trade publisher Newmarket Press.

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Mara Anastas

VP, Business Development and Publishing Relations

Mara Anastas is a revenue-driven professional who has spent most of her career leading teams in sales and subsidiary rights at HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster. In her most recent role at Simon & Schuster, Mara was Publisher of Simon Pulse and Aladdin Books managing a large high performing team and oversaw everything from the day-to-day operations, drove business development and provided strategy for long term growth. At OR/M, Mara leads the Publishing team, managing and growing the catalog of titles and the partnerships on which OR/M first began. She also works with Business Development to identify publishers to add to the Ignition program.

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Jatin Mehta

Head of Engineering

Jatin Mehta is a dynamic, hands-on technologist with 15 years in leadership, team management, and staff supervision across various industries. He is responsible for engineering and product development and oversees the long-term technology strategy, technology architecture, and strategic IT partnerships. Prior to OR/M, Jatin led one of the largest parenting & pregnancy assets What To Expect for EveryDayHealth Inc., a ZiffDavis company.