LORRAINE SHANLEY, President of MPI, began her career at Barnes & Noble, and Book-of-the-Month Club (now Bookspan), where she was EVP in charge of clubs and merchandise. She moved to HarperCollins as Editorial Director, and in 1990 she co-founded Market Partners International. She is Chair of the Children's Digital Media Program for Digital Book World/Publishers Launch, which is now in its fifth year. A member (and past president) of Women’s Media Group, she is on the Advisory Board of New York University’s Publishing Program, and the board of Classroom Inc., a non-profit that creates interactive learning games for schools. Shanley graduated from the University of Rochester and received her M.A. from the University of Virginia, where she serves on the Jefferson Fellowship selection committee.
AMY RHODES, Executive Vice President, joined Market Partners in 2009 and was named a Partner in 2011. She has worked in sales and marketing and as publisher at a broad range of companies, including NAL, Random House, Little Brown, Abrams, Rodale, and Watson-Guptill. As Trade Publisher at Rodale, she grew revenues from $14 million to over $100 million in 4 years, and in her next role as Publisher and General Manager of Watson-Guptill, she took an unprofitable, illustrated book category publisher and positioned it for a profitable sale to Random House in only two years. Rhodes is a graduate of the University of Chicago and has taught at New York University’s School of Continuing Education. She is a member and past president of the Publishers Lunch Club, a group of senior publishing executives that was founded in 1915.
CONSTANCE SAYRE, co-founder, and Consultant-at-Large, has held a range of senior positions in publishing. She started at Simon & Schuster, where she eventually became Vice President & Subsidiary Rights Director, a position she has also held at Holt, Rinehart &
Winston (now Henry Holt) and (NY) Times Books. She served as Director of Publicity, Promotion and Advertising at Andre Deutsch in London and subsequently, as book club editor for Time Life Book Clubs. She moved to Viking Penguin as VP & Marketing Director and then Associate Publisher, and left to launch Grove Weidenfeld, now Grove Atlantic. She currently serves on the board of the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses. She is a graduate of Barnard College.
The principals have served as expert witnesses in a variety of legal cases.