Corporate Biographies

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William J. Rouhana, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Bill has been a leader in the media, entertainment and communications industries for more than 35 years. Today Bill is Chief Executive Officer of Chicken Soup for the Soul and founder and chairman of the Humpty Dumpty Institute, Chicken Soup for the Soul’s charitable partner.

Bill grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and completed his undergraduate studies at Colby College, where today he is a trustee emeritus. He earned his J.D. at Georgetown Law School. As a young entertainment and finance lawyer, Bill represented Blake Edwards and developed new film financing models that have become the industry standards. In the 1980s, he founded and ran a merchant bank where he bought and sold media companies and other properties including Virgin Vision, a Virgin Group worldwide film distribution venture. Through one of the merchant bank’s companies, film production company MCEG, he executive produced, financed and/or distributed major motion pictures such as Look Who’s Talking and You Can’t Hurry Love. Later, Bill was founder and CEO of Winstar Communications, a wireless broadband pioneer, and Winstar New Media, one of the earliest online content companies.

In 2008, Bill, along with his wife, Amy Newmark, and Robert D. Jacobs, led a team of investors who acquired Chicken Soup for the Soul from founders Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hanson. Since taking the helm in 2008, Bill and Amy have revitalized the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand and expanded the company’s offerings to better serve its loyal fans and the public at large.

Bill is passionate about global development and peacekeeping. As Vice Chairman of the United Nations Association, Bill helped lead inspection tours of U.N. peacekeeping operations. As a director of Business Executives for National Security, he advised the U.S. government and military on how to apply best practices from the business world to foreign and domestic security issues. In 1998, Bill co-founded the Humpty Dumpty Institute, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to creating innovative and strategic public/private partnerships that provide sensible solutions to humanitarian and development challenges.

Bill and his wife are the proud parents of four grown children. He is co-executive producing the Chicken Soup for the Soul television series with his son, Tim Rouhana, and he works daily with his wife, Amy Newmark, publisher of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Amy Newmark, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief and Author

Amy Newmark is the bestselling author, editor-in-chief, and publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. Since 2008, she has published more than 150 new books, most of them national bestsellers in the U.S. and Canada, more than doubling the number of Chicken Soup for the Soul titles in print today. She is also the author of Simply Happy, a crash course in Chicken Soup for the Soul advice and wisdom that is filled with easy-to-implement, practical tips for having a better life.

Amy is credited with revitalizing the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand, which has been a publishing industry phenomenon since the first book came out in 1993. By compiling inspirational and aspirational true stories curated from ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences, Amy has kept the twenty-five-year-old Chicken Soup for the Soul brand fresh and relevant.

Amy graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University where she majored in Portuguese and minored in French. She then embarked on a three-decade career as a Wall Street analyst, a hedge fund manager, and a corporate executive in the technology field. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Her return to literary pursuits was inevitable, as her honors thesis in college involved traveling throughout Brazil’s impoverished northeast region, collecting stories from regular people. She is delighted to have come full circle in her writing career—from collecting stories “from the people” in Brazil as a twenty-year-old to, three decades later, collecting stories “from the people” for Chicken Soup for the Soul.

When Amy and her husband Bill, the CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul, are not working, they are visiting their four grown children and one grandchild.

Follow Amy on Twitter @amynewmark. Listen to her free daily podcast, The Chicken Soup for the Soul Podcast, at, or find it on iTunes, the Podcasts app on iPhone, or on your favorite podcast app on other devices.

Christopher Mitchell, Chief Financial Officer of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC and CEO of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul, LLC

Chris has led a 20-year career in finance and business, with extensive experience acquiring, growing and managing consumer products and media companies. Today he is Chief Executive Officer of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, the pet food business of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Chris was educated at Virginia Tech, where he double majored in finance and management, and at the London School of Economics, where he studied finance and international law. He began his career at Banc of America Securities where, as a Vice President, he completed a wide a range of transactions from leveraged buyouts to distressed financings. Later he was a principal and senior founding member of an investment group within Banc of America Securities where he made direct private investments in consumer products and media companies.

After 15 years at Banc of America Securities, Chris became a founding partner and CEO of TMG Partners, a New York-based investment firm focused on private equity and mezzanine investments in the consumer products sector with a special emphasis on pet food companies. Chris was responsible for TMG’s investment in Chicken Soup for the Soul and he advised Chicken Soup for the Soul on a strategy to grow its pet food business.

Chris was an active corporate membership representative with the Council on Foreign Relations during his years at Banc of America Securities. Today he is a member of the board of directors of the Humpty Dumpty Institute.

Chris and his wife Holly are the proud parents of a son and a daughter.