Maureen Girkins Appointed President, CEO of Zondervan

December 5, 2007
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NEW YORK — HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide announced today the appointment of Maureen “Moe” Girkins as president and CEO of Zondervan. Beginning Jan. 2, Girkins will direct Zondervan’s growth strategy and manage day-to-day operations, reporting to Jane Friedman, president and CEO of HarperCollins.

Girkins, who lives in Chicago, has held a number of senior executive positions over the past 25 years at companies including Motorola and AT&T/Bell Laboratories. For the past six years she has been an advisor to Investor Growth Capital and served on multiple corporate boards including Media Arts Group, Vallent, Kemet Electronics and Broadcom. In 2000, she served briefly as senior vice president, Wireless, Office of the Chairman at Dell Inc., according to

Girkins received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, an M.S. in Computer Science and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University. She has also completed the first half of her Master’s of Divinity program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Writing under the name Moe Grzelakowski, she recently authored a book, "Mother Leads Best: 50 Women Who Are Changing the Way Organizations Define Leadership." The book details the positive impact of motherhood on senior executive women.

She serves as chairman of the board of a volunteer organization aiding Hurricane Katrina victims. Additionally, she volunteers on several boards including Northwestern University and The Infant Welfare Society of Chicago. She is a member of Christ Church of Oak Brook.

“In the corporate world, Moe has achieved great success leading high performance teams in competitive, complex, and changing markets. This experience, combined with her passion for the mission of Zondervan, will elevate the company to new levels,” said Bruce Ryskamp, who has served as interim CEO of Zondervan since Doug Lockhart resigned as president and CEO in June.

HarperCollins, one of the largest English-language publishers in the world, is a subsidiary of News Corporation. Zondervan, founded 75 years ago in Grandville, has been a part of HarperCollins since 1988 and is a major publisher of Bibles and Christian books, DVDs and other products.

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