Andrews McMeel Universal Promotes Nearly 20-Year Employee as CEO

Kirsty Melville is the new CEO of Andrews McMeel Universal. Photo via: Andrews McMeel Universal

Posted February 7, 2024

Publishing company Andrews McMeel Universal (AMU) announced it has named Kirsty Melville as the next CEO effective February 6.

Melville joined in 2005 as publisher and executive vice president of Andrews McMeel Publishing (AMP) and went on to become president in 2009.

“I am energized and excited to assume the CEO position,” said Melville in a release.” AMU is an extraordinary global media company distinguished by its creator-first vision, remarkable leadership team, outstanding associates, and rich and varied content offerings that entertain people and enrich lives. I am honored to build upon the outstanding legacy established by the Andrews and McMeel families and AMU’s boundless potential. I look forward to focusing my energy on AMU’s continued growth and future success in each of its divisions.”

She will continue as president and publisher of Andrews McMeel Publishing, according to a release. Melville succeeds outgoing CEO Andy Sareyan.

“I’ve worked closely with Kirsty for the last nine years,” Sareyan said in the release. “She brings a rare combination of results-oriented drive, a deft creative touch, mastery of the publishing world and insatiable curiosity to explore new things. I’m leaving AMU in remarkably capable hands.”

As publisher for AMP, Melville helped introduce comics like “The Calvin and Hobbes Portable Compendium” and the “Big Nate” middle-grade graphic novel series as well as reissuing the The Far Side Off-the-Wall Calendar.