Generosa Gina Protano is an accomplished publishing professional whose career has spanned both corporate and entrepreneurial environments. She has served in senior-level editorial positions for leading publishing houses as well as running her own business as a full-service book packager.
As President and Publishing Director of GGP Publishing, Inc., Ms. Protano spearheaded a wide variety of projects both in educational and trade publishing, directing all editorial and production from concept to bound books and digital products, including translations into and from multiple languages. She has demonstrated particular expertise in the conceptualization, writing, development, art and design, and production of materials for the study of foreign languages at different educational levels as well as for the public at large.
At GGP Publishing, she earned a reputation for products of the highest quality at affordable costs. Her roster of clients included industry leaders such as Prentice Hall/Simon & Schuster Education Group (now Pearson Prentice Hall); John Wiley & Sons; Berlitz Publishing; Heinle & Heinle/Thomson Learning (now Heinle Cengage); Holt, Rinehart & Winston, Publishers (now part of Holt McDougal); Houghton Mifflin Company (now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); Random House; and McGraw-Hill.
Previously Ms. Protano served as Editorial Director of Foreign Languages for AMSCO School Publications; as Senior Editor (soon to be Executive Editor) for Prentice Hall/Simon & Schuster Education Group; as Acting Executive Editor for Scott Foresman, a Division of HarperCollins Publishers; and as Project Manager for EMC Corporation.
Trilingual in English, Italian, and French, she has proficiency in Spanish, German, Portuguese, and Latin.
Ms. Protano truly understands the people, cultures, and business practices of different countries. Born in Italy, she moved to the U.S. as a teenager, quickly learning English. Later she earned a B.A. in Italian Literature and Foreign Languages at Barnard College and did graduate work toward a PhD at Columbia University.
Her global view and passion for books comes through in all of her projects, whether they consist of trade books (fiction or nonfiction), children’s books, textbooks; professional, reference, and how-to books; or cookbooks. Technologically proficient in a wide range of applications, Ms. Protano has the business and project management skills to succeed in today’s print and digital publishing world.