William B. Eerdmans Jr. (Bill) is chairman of the board of the Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. He took over as Eerdmans president from his father, William B. Eerdmans Sr., in 1963 and led the company for more than 50 years before turning over the position to his wife, Anita. Now in his ninth decade, he continues to play an active role in Eerdmans’ day-to-day operations and can often be spotted around the building sporting his trademark friendly smile and red socks.
Anita Eerdmans is president and publisher of Eerdmans. She joined the company in 1974 and worked for many years as the vice president of marketing. She also oversaw the children's imprint, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, beginning in 2006. She has been surrounded by theology and biblical studies books since her toddler years, when her father was working on his dissertation on Paul's use of participles. Anita is a sucker for a funny children's book and is especially fond of quirky European ones. She has partnered with her husband, Bill Eerdmans Jr., for much of her career.
Claire VanderKam is vice president and treasurer of Eerdmans. Claire joined Eerdmans in 1970; he started work in the mailroom before being promoted to customer service. He moved up through billing (where he worked with one of Eerdmans's very first computers) into accounting. He now oversees all of the company's corporate business functions, including accounting and finance. He is also a member of the board of Alban Books Ltd. a distribution, sales, marketing, and customer service facility in Edinburgh, Scotland, jointly owned by Eerdmans and three other U.S. book publishers.
Jon Pott is vice president and editor in chief at Eerdmans. A pastor's son, he grew up around theological books, later graduating from Calvin College with majors in philosophy and English. He joined Eerdmans in 1968, where he never expected to stay but somehow remains after 45 years. "Terminal inertia," he says. As an editor, he loves discussing interesting projects with prospective authors. His nonprofessional interests include tennis, fishing with his grandchildren, and classical music. A CD junkie and audiophile, he spends many happy hours moving his stereo speakers a millimeter to the left or to the right, convinced that he can hear the difference.
Klaas Wolterstorff is vice president of content and technology. Klaas joined Eerdmans as an editorial assistant in 1984, soon becoming a full-fledged member of the editorial staff. His interest in new technologies and production processes led him to begin typesetting and designing the books he was assigned to edit, and by 1988, he was promoted to production manager, a position he went on to hold for twenty-four years. During that time, Klaas’s role gradually expanded until he not only managed the layout, design, and production of every one of the approximately 120 adult titles Eerdmans publishes each year but also unofficially functioned as information technologies director and network administrator. Now, as Eerdmans’s newest vice president, Klaas supervises the production department, handles information technology, and is actively leading the company’s ongoing transition to ebooks and other innovative forms of content distribution in the digital age. When he gets the chance, Klaas enjoys fly fishing in Wyoming.
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