Devi Pillai to Become President and Publisher, Tom Doherty Associates

A Message from Jon Yaged, President of Macmillan Trade Publishing:

Today I am announcing the appointment of Devi Pillai to the position of President and Publisher of Tom Doherty Associates, effective immediately.

Devi joined Macmillan in 2016 as Associate Publisher, Tor/Forge Books. She quickly made an impact. From her approach to author care and development of the editorial team, to the efficiencies and best practices that she helped build into TDA editorial processes, Devi has made TDA better. She was promoted to Publisher, VP, Tor/Forge Books in 2018, and assumed responsibility for the Tor Teen and Starscape imprints in 2020. In her time at TDA, she has edited a wide ranging list of authors including Brandon Sanderson, Christopher Paolini, Jenn Lyons, and Arkady Martine.

Devi started her career at Harper Business / HarperVoyager, later moving to Warner Books and Orbit / Hachette Book Group, where she rose to the position of Editorial Director. At Orbit, she worked with such authors as Joe Abercrombie, Brent Weeks, Gail Carriger, Kate Elliott, Lilith Saintcrow, and N.K. Jemisin.

Devi Pillai said, “Tom Doherty Associates has seen year on year growth and we have a record breaking number of awards and nominations. I am excited for the chance to lead TDA as we continue to ascend to new heights, and become more diverse and inclusive both on the shelf and behind the scenes.”

Devi impressed me the moment we met. She is incisive, passionate, and decisive — perfect qualities to lead TDA into the future and sustain its status as the preeminent science fiction and fantasy publisher.

Newly reporting to Devi will be Irene Gallo, VP, Publisher, Tordotcom Publishing and Tor.com; Linda Quinton, VP, Publisher, Forge Books; Lucille Rettino, VP, Associate Publisher, Director of Marketing & Publicity; Patrick Nielsen Hayden, VP, Editor in Chief; Peter Lutjen, Director, Art TDA; and Molly McGhee Assistant, Editorial.

Please join us in congratulating Devi!

Jon

 

A Message from Don Weisberg, CEO, Macmillan Publishers:

It is with sincere regret that I announce the retirement of Fritz Foy as President and Publisher of Tom Doherty Associates. Fritz’s contributions throughout the last 25 years, not only to TDA but to Macmillan as a whole, are considerable — and his career path is unlike any I have ever encountered.

Fritz came to Macmillan from Simon and Schuster in 1997 as Chief Technology Officer. When he signed on, there was a one-person IT “department,” all data was outsourced, and no one had email. Fritz helped create the myriad systems we use every day, including the royalty system, the data warehouse, and sales reporting. He put systems in place in our offices in Germany, the UK, and at Macmillan Learning as well, and did all of this on a shoestring budget.

Fritz also helped build Tor.com from a website into the powerhouse it is today. When Macmillan Learning’s new platform had a meltdown, Fritz dropped his day job in Trade and fixed it. He started both the Central/Digital Marketing and Supply Chain departments. When the digital transformation in publishing arrived, Fritz played a key role in developing the AAP relationship with Google, shaping the future of copyright. 

For the past three years Fritz has led the continued growth of TDA, maintaining its leading role in the science fiction and fantasy world, publishing authors that include Charlie Jane Anders, Cory Doctorow, Christopher Paolini, Martha Wells, and Seanan McGuire. His dedication to books and our industry runs deep, as anyone who has discussed the lore of publishing with him can attest to. His retirement comes at a time when Tor is experiencing its greatest success. 

Please join me in wishing Fritz and his family happiness and good things yet to come.

Don

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