With 30 years of experience, Paul has progressed from the ranks of journalist and TV producer to CEO of one of the dominant players in digital publishing.
Prior to coming to Open Road Integrated Media, he was the COO at Everyday Health where, in 2014, he was part of the team that successfully took the company public. He was deeply involved in the day-to-day operations of Everyday Health, where he advanced and evolved content across new delivery platforms, consulted on strategic M&A, and shaped the corporate brand.
Before that, he ran a number of digital businesses for the Walt Disney Company, was the Executive Producer of ABC’s World News Tonight, expanded and rationalized the international and domestic news operations at ABC, and managed the P&Ls.
Over the course of his career, he has received many accolades, including more than twelve Emmy Awards, a duPont Award, and an Overseas Press Club Award.
General Manager, Chief Content Officer
Rachel Chou is the General Manager and Chief Content Officer for Open Road Integrated Media. In this role, she is responsible for the P&L and all aspects of Open Road’s growing content and consumer businesses, including Early Bird Books, Open Road’s ebook deals newsletter, and content sites, such as The Lineup.
A seasoned executive, Rachel focuses on team development and fostering results-driven strategies. With more than 25 years of experience, Rachel has grown from managing agency clients, content management teams, and web services to running the growing content and consumer-facing businesses of Open Road. Rachel is a proven leader in the fields of content marketing and customer acquisition. Her knowledge of digital marketing techniques and trends, as well as social optimization, coupled with her focus on data-driven decision making, have enabled fast-paced growth of the properties she manages.
Rachel’s previous roles enabled her to lead teams at HarperCollins Publishers, Scholastic, and R/GA. Chou has a B.S. from the University of Maryland and an M.S. from Bank Street College of Education.
Executive Vice President, Publisher
Tina Pohlman is the Executive Vice President, Publisher of Open Road Integrated Media. An experienced editor and publisher who has worked with a broad range of critically acclaimed and bestselling writers, Pohlman is focused on acquiring and developing new sources of content, expanding into new verticals, and pursuing new publishing partnerships for Open Road.
As a young editor at Anchor Books, Pohlman acquired both hardcovers and paperback originals, as well as paperback reprint rights, most notably Natalie Angier’s New York Times bestselling Woman: An Intimate Geography.
She also served as the in-house editor for Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, an annual prize collection first published in 1919, and spent many hours in the book room perusing Anchor’s renowned backlist.
Her experience at Anchor managing the backlists of literary luminaries such as Chinua Achebe and Naguib Mahfouz sparked an enduring appreciation for backlist publishing that eventually led her to Harvest Books, the paperback division of Harcourt Trade Publishers, prior to Houghton Mifflin’s acquisition of Harcourt.
While at Harvest, where she served as Editorial Director, Pohlman managed a treasured backlist that included writers such as Virginia Woolf, Eudora Welty, Amos Oz, and Umberto Eco. She also acquired the paperback reprint rights to numerous noteworthy titles, including Temple Grandin’s Animals in Translation, a New York Times bestseller, Christine Schutt’s debut novel, Florida, a National Book Award finalist, and Kelly Link’s story collection Magic for Beginners, a Time Best Book of the Year. During her time as Vice President & Publisher of Paperbacks at the Crown Publishing Group, Pohlman published the paperback edition of Rebecca Skloot’s phenomenal New York Times bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and managed a backlist that included beloved bestselling authors Max Brooks, Bill Bryson, Mitch Albom, and many others.
In addition to paperback reprint and backlist publishing, Pohlman has long been devoted to acquiring and editing new fiction writers, and she has published a number of notable debuts, including Colson Whitehead’s contemporary classic, The Intuitionist, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award; Tony D’Souza’s Whiteman, winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction; Alan Warner’s Morvern Callar, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, and Paul Torday’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction.
In 2009 Pohlman founded Moulinarn Mobile Books LLC, a digital publisher and software developer of literary content for sale in the iTunes App Store. MMB’s apps include Great First Lines: Literature’s Most Memorable First Sentences by Celina Spiegel and Peter Kupfer, Puzzle Love: Crosswords to Love for Lovers of Crosswords by David Levinson Wilk, and Fivers: Flash Fiction for the Phone edited by Andrew Foster Altschul and featuring stories by Lemony Snicket, Kaui Hart Hemmings, Anna North, Andrew Foster Altschul, and Joshua Furst.
Pohlman has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and is a member of PEN American Center.
Senior Vice President, Sales and Business Development
Matthew Shatz was previously Chief Revenue Officer at Oyster. In that role he was responsible for the company’s content and consumer partnerships. He also helped set the company’s overall business strategy.
Prior to joining Oyster, Matt spent three years at Nokia, where he was Global Head of Reading Content.
From 2005 to 2010, he directed all aspects of the digital business at Random House, including the company’s ebook and print-on-demand publishing efforts.
Matt has also worked for American Express and Booz Allen since obtaining his M.B.A. from Columbia. He graduated with a B.A. from Wesleyan University.