Jonathan Newcomb serves as a senior advisor to Coady Diemar Partners. From the spring of 2002 through 2004, Mr. Newcomb was a principal in the New York private equity firm Leeds Weld. From 1994 to 2002, Mr. Newcomb held the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Simon & Schuster. He also served as a member of Viacom's Executive Committee. From 1991, Mr. Newcomb held the office of President and Chief Operating Officer of Simon & Schuster. Simon & Schuster became one of the world's largest publisher of books; instructional, training, and professional reference materials; with the acquisition of MacMillan in 1994. Under Mr. Newcomb's leadership, Simon & Schuster successfully identified, completed, and integrated numerous acquisitions throughout the 1990's. Simon & Schuster had offices in over 20 countries and its major business units included Prentice Hall, Silver Burdett, Scribners, The Free Press, The New York Institute of Finance, and Computer Curriculum Corp. In 1999, the educational, reference, and professional businesses were sold for $4.7 billion. Prior to joining Simon & Schuster in 1989, Mr. Newcomb was President of The McGraw-Hill Financial Information Company, which included the businesses of Standard & Poor's and Data Resources. Prior to that, he ran various units of Standard & Poor's. Mr. Newcomb began his career at Dun and Bradstreet. Mr. Newcomb was a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army and is a decorated Vietnam veteran. He serves on the boards of Journal Communications (NYSE), The BNA Corporation, United Business Media (LSE) and The Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation.
He received his AB from Dartmouth College and his MBA from Columbia University.