After nineteen years as director of production and fulfillment for InterVarsity Press, Anne Gerth will be retiring on December 8, 2017.
Jeff Crosby, IVP's publisher, said, "Gerth came to IVP in 1998 and has played significant roles in IVP's growth over the years. She pioneered our work with print-on-demand technology, in partnership with Lightning Source, Incorporated. She also provided a great deal of training and development work for IVP staff. We are grateful for the impact she has left on the work of IVP and on us as her friends and colleagues."
Gerth said, "What a privilege and honor it has been to serve Christ through my work at InterVarsity Press. Retiring after nineteen years feels bittersweet, but I leave here knowing my work will continue in the very capable hands of Terumi Echols. I’m thrilled that Terumi will be taking on the operations and fulfillment area I leave behind."
Gerth's work will be picked up by Ben McCoy, IVP's current production manager and managing editor, and by Echols, who has been hired as director of finance and fulfillment operations, a combination of two roles vacated by retirement over the past fifteen months. Echols' background includes more than twenty years of accounting and tax experience for small to midsized businesses and nineteen years with Christianity Today where her last position was executive vice president and publisher. In her role with IVP she will oversee the finance department, customer contact center, distribution center, and general services.
Crosby said, "Terumi comes to us as a seasoned senior leader whose direct reports I called spoke of her 'investment in individuals and teams' and whose supervisors I called spoke of her as a 'person with tremendous capacity, adaptability, and commitment to excellence.' Terumi's experience in publishing and her commitment to our mission made her stand out from the other candidates."
Echols said, "I am humbled by the Christ-centered focus and dedication of the people who work at InterVarsity Press. It is my hope to apply my accounting and publishing experience and communication skills to support the continued strength and health of InterVarsity’s ministry."