Sheri L. Dew has been named president and chief executive officer of Deseret Book Company.
Sister Dew, who serves as second counselor in the General Relief Society Presidency, will replace Ronald A. Millett effective March 13. Brother Millett has accepted a call to serve as a mission president.
A Brigham Young University graduate, Sister Dew, 48, has been in the publishing industry since 1978 when she took a job as an assistant editor at Bookcraft. She later served as editor and associate publisher of This People magazine before joining Deseret Book in 1988 as an associate editor. In 1989 she was named director of publishing, in 1993 vice president of publishing and in 2000 an executive vice president of the company.
A popular author, she has written biographies of Presidents Ezra Taft Benson and Gordon B. Hinckley.
"We look forward to working with Sheri and are confident that she will take Deseret Book to the next level in a very difficult and challenging industry," said Robert H. Garff, chairman of the company's board of directors.
"Sheri's expertise and foresight will be invaluable as she directs Deseret Book's future growth and development."
Brother Millett, 54, joined Deseret Book in 1972 and was appointed vice president and general manager in 1983. His title was later changed to president and CEO. Under his direction, the company has more than quadrupled its revenues and tripled the number of its retail stores.