Cevin Bryerman is the publisher and vice president of Publishers Weekly, the international news magazine of the book publishing industry. For more than 25 years, he has been in the magazine publishing business, working at the helm of both trade and consumer magazines in strategic planning, business development and strategic partnerships. Early on, he started at Dun & Bradstreet for a brief stint in finance before moving on to Whitney Communications’ Boating Industry and Waterway Guides. From there he went to Cahners, where he first worked on Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and School Library Journal. When Cahners was acquired by Reed Elsevier, he took on a host of additional trade and consumer magazines, including Variety, Modern Bride, American Baby and others. After Reed sold Publishers Weekly to its current owner, Bryerman assumed the role of publisher and VP.
Bryerman grew up in Long Island and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and finance at the State University of New York at Binghamton, home of one of the country’s top schools of management. As a leader within the publishing industry, his innate talent, he believes, is working with people. Book people, he believes, offer a perspective of the world he probably wouldn’t have had otherwise. Admittedly, he wasn’t a reader when he was a kid, but books, he says, have opened up his world. Working at Publishers Weekly has also allowed him to travel the world, from the UAE to Hong Kong to India. A consummate networker, he makes friends wherever he goes.
He is in high demand as a speaker and has given lectures and seminars at numerous universities and institutions, including the University of Michigan and Northwestern School of Journalism, as well as serving on industry committees, most notably the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). As a member of the board of directors of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Bryerman is active in the annual Books for a Better Life fundraising event.
When he’s not traveling or off to meetings, Bryerman can be found reading the news on his iPad or curled up with a good hardcover book of nonfiction.
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