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Valerie Salembier is an accomplished corporate executive, board director, and respected civic leader. She brings a proven track record of transformational growth in the media and publishing industries, leading world renowned brands such as The New York Times and Harper’s Bazaar to financial, strategic, and operational success. At Merryck & Co, she mentors Fortune 250 senior leaders and emerging C-suite executives.
In addition to her work at Merryck & Co, Salembier is president and CEO of The Authentics Foundation, an organization that provides consumer education about the counterfeiting industry. Recently, she served as CEO of Rubin Singer, a third generation couture designer.
During her 16-year publishing career with the Hearst Corporation, Salembier led significant turnarounds and spearheaded the revitalization of Hearst’s iconic brands to succeed in the contemporary world of new media. As senior vice president, Chief Revenue Officer, and Publisher of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, she spearheaded strategies that increased market share, boosted ad revenue, accelerated growth and greater profitability. In addition, Salembier led Town & Country magazine as senior vice president, Chief Revenue Officer, and Publisher, as well as building the Esquire brand as the magazine’s vice president and Publisher.
Prior to Hearst, Salembier had success in the newspaper industry serving as president of the New York Post and senior vice president of The New York Times. As senior vice president of USA Today, she was instrumental in its initial launch for Gannett.
Fulfilling a life-long commitment of service, Salembier has held leadership positions for civic and sports organizations. Since 1990, she has been a member of the board of trustees for the New York City Police Foundation, chairing the Foundation from 2005, and ultimately assuming the position of assistant police Commissioner/NYPD with responsibility for public information and media relations, reporting to former Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. In this role, she provided strategic counsel to the Police Commissioner and developed more than $50M in financial support for a number of NYPD efforts not funded within the city’s operating or capital budgets. She was appointed commissioner of the New York City Sports Commission by former Mayor David Dinkins, and was appointed to the board of the New York City Sports Development Corporation by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Salembier is the recipient of the 2014 New York Business Journal’s Women of Distinction Award, the 2001 Matrix Award for Exceptional Achievement, the National Council of Jewish Women’s Women Who Dared Award, the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers Award, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and Concern Worldwide’s Woman of the Year Award.
One of 10 founders of Fantasy Baseball, Salembier is an author of Rotisserie League Baseball and writes for various magazines on career development and other topics.
“Over a very long career, the biggest disconnect for me has been bosses not being honest with their employees about performance.”
In her interview with Merryck’s Adam Bryant, Salembier reminds us that having tough conversations is a core part of every manager’s responsibility, and shares her playbook on the best way to approach them. Click here to read more.
“I was skeptical at first but my eyes were opened during the retreat – an intense, difficult but deeply rewarding experience. I have taken a close look at how I lead, and now understand the power of enabling others to excel. I can’t recommend the Merryck process highly enough.”