Maureen Girkins Exits Zondervan
Maureen “Moe” Girkins, President of Zondervan, the Christian book publisher owned by media magnate Rupert Murdoch, is leaving the company. Her contract was not renewed and her departure is effective on March 11.
She served for three years and is being replaced on an interim basis by Scott MacDonald, acting general manager of Zondervan’s The City, an online church community.
Girkins began as Zondervan’s President and CEO in January, 2008, and she had the distinction of being the company’s first woman CEO.
She did not have a background in Christian publishing but came from the high tech world. She held a number of senior executive positions including Senior Vice President, Wireless: Office of the Chairman at Dell and Senior Vice President and General Manager of Strategic Marketing at Motorola. She has also held numerous positions at AT&T and Bell Laboratories, and led their multibillion dollar international Electronic Switching Systems and Intelligent Network Businesses.
Girkins spent a year as a loaned executive to the Mayor’s Office of Chicago. For the last six years she has worked as an advisor to Investor Growth Capital and served on multiple corporate boards including Media Arts Group, Vallent, Kemet Electronics, and Broadcom.
At the time of her employment, Jane Friedman, President and CEO of parent company HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide said, “”Moe brings years of experience and business acumen to the position. Her success rate is impressive; as is her strong faith. She will be a wonderful leader for Zondervan.”
No reason was given for her departure. Girkins’ tenure at Zondervan will officially end less than two weeks after the March 1 print debut of the updated New International Version (NIV), a major Zondervan product introduction.