For Immediate Release
December 13, 2022
Toronto – University of Toronto Press (UTP) is one of the largest presses in North America, with global recognition and respect, and it is about to shake things up. Today, Jessica Mosher, CEO, Publisher, and President of UTP made the historic announcement to bring together the two publishing divisions, Books and Journals, under one leader and proudly announced that Antonia Pop has been promoted to Vice President, Publishing, effective January 2, 2023.
“Bringing these divisions together represents a change in direction for UTP,” says Mosher. “Our world’s current events underscore the need for informed and dynamic dialogue,” she explains. “The depth and diversity of the scholarship UTP publishes propels this essential exchange.” The press strives to expand its role within such conversations through greater teamwork. “Many of our UTP authors have published in both our books and our journals. When we speak with academics about communicating their ideas,” says Mosher, “both long and short form are of interest. UTP is uniquely positioned in having a journals division in Canada and I believe both our groups will benefit by association.”
Pop also believes a more aligned Publishing department will encourage a sharing of ideas and best practices. “In bringing together these two amazing teams,” she says, “UTP has a unique opportunity to celebrate its strengths, develop closer collaborations, and continue to grow as a leader in the global publishing industry.” Pop characterizes UTP’s Books and Journals teams as trusted partners to scholars and academic societies, each with a long track record of amplifying the voices of researchers around the world.
Pop joined the Journals division at UTP in 2010 and has led the group since 2016. Under her leadership, UTP Journals has steadily grown through acquisition and new partnerships. Pop has served as the past President and board member of the Canadian Association of Learned Journals and been a member of numerous industry committees and working groups. “Antonia’s commitment to advancing UTP on a global platform, experience managing a complex, continuously evolving operation, and her strength in building relationships have prepared her for this role,” says Mosher.
“One area where Antonia and I both see an immediate opportunity for more team unity is in our sales and marketing efforts,” says Mosher. To that end, Mosher also announced today that Jane Kelly was promoted to Director, Sales & Marketing, Publishing, effective January 2, 2023. “With more than fifteen years’ experience in book publishing, Jane possesses deep sales and marketing leadership knowledge and a strong track record of change and innovation.”
“The Books and Journals teams both have talented and experienced people who are committed to UTP’s mission and vision,” says Kelly. “Working together will give us the opportunity to learn from one another and collaborate in some innovative ways.”
Kelly joined UTP in 2018 as Director of Sales and Marketing in the Books division. She soon introduced a thoroughly updated and consistent sales and marketing strategy with a focus on growth in ebooks. Kelly has an extensive background in consumer and business-focused marketing. She started her career in publishing as a Higher Education sales representative at Oxford University Press, followed by marketing leadership positions at McGraw-Hill Ryerson, Hewlett-Packard, and Allegion Canada.
Starting this January, members of UTP’s Books and Journals groups will work side-by-side in the company’s downtown Toronto office. While it’s too soon to know what projects they will be developing, one thing is certain: the historic press is not waiting until its 125th anniversary to kick off a brand-new era in scholarly publishing.
University of Toronto Press (UTP) is one of the largest university presses in North America, publishing landmark scholarship since 1901. Each year UTP releases close to 200 new scholarly, course, and general interest books in both print and ebook format and 50 distinguished journals. In addition, UTP manages the distribution for over 200 publishers and imprints in Canada, the US, and around the world, with warehouses in Ontario and New York. UTP also runs the University of Toronto Bookstores across the three main campuses, serving over 97,000 students and 15,000 faculty. For more information, please visit utorontopress.com.
Jessica Mosher, Antonia Pop, and Jane Kelly are available for interviews.
Chris Reed, Publicist
University of Toronto Press
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