IBS-STL excited for fresh leadership

By November 14, 2008

International (MNN) — International Bible Society-Send the Light recently introduced three new leaders to the organization. Global President/CEO Keith Danby is confident that while old staff will be missed, these changes will be exceptionally influential in the international spread of the Gospel.

IBS-STL President/CEO of its North American operations, David Passman, will be retiring as of January. His replacement, Doug Lockhart, had previously been with the major Christian publishing company Zondervan, serving most recently as its President and CEO. Lockhart will now be head over IBS-STL's North American Distribution, Publishing, Outreach, Development and Administrative divisions.

Danby could not be more excited for Lockhart's arrival. Danby notes that although Passman "will be very hard to replace," there is certainly no "better person for [the] role than Doug Lockhart."

Scott Bolinder will be joining Lockhart at IBS-STL as its President of Global Publishing. Bolinder also served with Zondervan for over 20 years as their Executive Vice President and Publisher and worked with leading Christian magazine Christianity Today as well. In the past, Bolinder has worked on publishing efforts with major Christian authors Philip Yancey, Rick Warren and Lee Strobel, to name a few.

Danby is thrilled with this appointment as well. "[Bolinder] blends his commercial expertise with his passion for evangelism and discipleship. This is a perfect combination for our ministry."

The third new member of leadership is IBS-STL longstanding servant Steve Johnson who is stepping into a new role as Vice President of Communication and New Media. Johnson has an advantage that Lockhart and Bolinder do not since he knows the organization well and understands exactly its vision and purpose. Johnson will be focused particularly on the IBS-STL 200th Anniversary celebration and on refining the organization's message.

Danby is certain that these changes in leadership will be effective in progressing the IBS-STL vision. "I'm thrilled with how our leadership team is coming together as we blend our strong talent within the organization with the best people from the industry," says Danby. "Our leadership is poised for amazing impact globally."


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