The M.S in Publishing program is delighted to announce the 2019-2020 Distinguished Professor

Richard Sarnoff

Richard Sarnoff is Chairman of Media, Entertainment, and Education for KKR’s Private Equity platform in the Americas, and serves as a member of the TMT growth equity investment committee. From 2014 through 2017, he served as Managing Director and Head of the Media and Communications industry group, leading investments in the Media, Telecom, Information Services, Digital Media and Education sectors in the US. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Sarnoff was a Senior Adviser to KKR. Mr. Sarnoff currently serves on the Board of Directors of Chegg, Weld North, Cengage, UFC and WebMD, as well as numerous not-for-profit organizations.

Until 2011, Mr. Sarnoff was a longstanding senior executive at Bertelsmann AG, Europe’s largest media company, serving as EVP and Chief Financial Officer of Bertelsmann’s book publishing division, Random House for eight years. In 2006, Mr. Sarnoff established Bertelsmann’s digital media arm, BDMI, and as President oversaw the corporation’s global investment activities in digital media. Mr. Sarnoff served on the Supervisory Board of Bertelsmann AG, for six years. In 2008, he was named Co-Chairman of Bertelsmann’s US holding company, Bertelsmann Inc. Mr. Sarnoff holds a BA from Princeton University in Art and Archaeology and an MBA from Harvard University.

Mr. Sarnoff’s lecture*, Publishing; Past and Future, will cover a variety of themes related to the intersection of digital technology and publishing and how they’ve transformed the industry over the past few decades. He will also discuss the future of books, audiobooks, comics, graphic novels, and journalism. His lecture will be interactive, with audience participation encouraged and at times demanded.

*sponsored by David Pecker



When: Thursday October 10 6-8 PM

Where: 163 William Street, 18th floor

Please RSVP to no later than October 3rd

Refreshments and light snacks will be served