Helen Honig Meyer

Former CEO of Dell Publishing

Helen Honig Meyer, who worked her way through the ranks of Dell Publishing to become one of the first women to lead a major publishing company, died April 21 in Livingston, N.J. She was 95.

She began working for Dell in 1923 and was the firm’s president and chief executive from the early 1950s until it was sold to Doubleday & Co. in 1976.

During that time, she pushed for and championed a profitable line of comicbooks featuring Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters, and led the firm into hardback publishing with Delacorte Press.

Authors who signed with Dell during her tenure included Kurt Vonnegut, James Baldwin, James Jones, and Irwin Shaw. After Dell was sold, Meyer worked as a consultant until her contract ended in 1982. She then became a literary agent, representing some Dell hardcover authors, including James Clavell.

Meyer, who was born in Brooklyn, attended New York City public schools. She was inducted into the Publishers Hall of Fame in 1986.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Scene News from Variety