This interview with Gina Centrello, president and publisher of the Random House Publishing Group, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.
Q. Were you in leadership roles growing up?
A. No. I was pretty shy as a kid. I grew up in a very middle-class home. My dad was a really hard-working guy. He got up at 5 every morning and worked seven days a week as a conductor on the railroad. My mom was a really gutsy lady. She was born in Marseille, France; she came here in her early 20s and didn’t speak English. She taught herself by reading, and improved her vocabulary by doing crossword puzzles. Reading was always a big deal for us — “If you want to do well, read.”
What about your career plans in college?
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