David C Cook is pleased to announce that Verne Kenney has been hired as the Executive Publisher. Kenney will be assuming the responsibilities that Dan Rich held as head of David C Cook Trade Books and Media, until a long term Chief Publishing Officer is hired. “Dan and his team have built a solid and sustainable Trade Book and Media unit over the last nine years,” said Chris Doornbos, Chief Executive Office, “with Dan’s pending retirement at the end of May 2015, along with the dramatic changes and challenges in Christian publishing overall, I see this as a window of opportunity to intentionally re-visit our publishing strategy and develop a long term strategic model. Once we determine the best ‘Go Forward Strategy’ we will resume our search for a new Chief Publishing Officer.”
Kenney is a trusted and respected colleague within the Christian publishing industry. While at Zondervan, Kenney led the team that collaborated with Randy Frazee and Max Lucado’s “The Story” campaign, which has been adopted by thousands of churches worldwide. Concurrently with his role as Executive Vice President of Sales for Zondervan, Kenney also was appointed trade book publisher and head of marketing, leading those teams on an interim basis. In addition, he ran the Spanish Vida publishing business, turning it profitable and increasing its reach significantly in subsequent years.