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Sent on Mormon-News: 26Feb02
By Kent Larsen
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Sheri Dew Promoted to Run Deseret Book

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Sheri L. Dew, 48, Second Counselor in the General Relief Society Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has been named the new president and CEO of Deseret Book Company, replacing Ronald A. Millett, 54, who will serve as an LDS mission president starting in July. Dew becomes the first woman to head the company, which is owned by Deseret Management Corp., the for-profit holding company of the LDS Church.

Dew is a veteran of the LDS publishing industry, working first in 1978 as an assistant editor at Bookcraft for three years, and then for six years as an editor and associate publisher at This People Magazine. She joined Deseret Book in 1988 and became vice president of publishing in 1993. She was called as Second Counselor in the Relief Society Presidency in April 1997 and in 2000 was appointed executive vice president of Deseret Book.

Millett has been Deseret Book's president and CEO since 1983, also after rising through the company ranks after becoming the first manager of the company's University Mall store in Orem, Utah in 1973. He was named director of retail in 1977 and vice president of retail before being named CEO. During his 19 years leading Deseret Book, the company's sales have quadrupled and the number of retail stores it operates has tripled. The company how operates 35 stores in 11 states and has 775 employees.


Deseret Book Co. gaining new CEO
Deseret News 25Feb02 B2
By Lynn Arave: Deseret News staff writer


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