Penguin Random House US has paid tribute to the 36 year old vice president Erika Seyfried who died this past weekend, as a result what is believed to have been an accident while walking her dog.
Seyfried was based in New York and had worked for the publisher for more than 13 years. She was found dead in a river in Vermont, New England, on 29th August after being reported missing while walking her dog during a vacation. A police spokesperson said her death is believed to be accidental.
Erika, 36, was last seen alive late Sunday morning when she went out for a walk with her seven-month-old golden retriever. The vice president of digital strategy and consumer engagement at Penguin Random House was renting an Airbnb in Westminster, Vt. with her husband, Elijah Seyfried. When she failed to return home, he reported her missing on Sunday evening at nightfall.
Penguin/Random House recently commented in the Bookseller.
: “We are devastated by the loss of our colleague Erika Seyfried, 36, who died in Vermont on Sunday. Erika was Penguin Random House’s vice-president, director, digital strategy and consumer engagement, who established herself as a marketing leader through the innovative digital campaigns she developed for our books.
“Her reader-centric approach to consumers, her social media prowess, and her tireless nurturing of or authors earned her reverence throughout our company and our industry. With her forward-looking, inclusive approach to every team and project she led, Erika was the embodiment of what we all hope for in a colleague, and friend.”
Police are treating the woman’s death as “accidental,”