I was both saddened and shocked tonight to discover the following message sent by Zondervan on Friday evening:
Subject: Changes At Zondervan
Date: Fri, 22 May 2009 19:25:24 +0100
From: Danz, Tracy
Due to the current economic climate, internal changes within Zondervan have been necessary. It is with regret that I must announce the elimination of our position based in the UK of Senior UK Sales & Marketing Manager. As such, Ian Matthews is no longer employed by Zondervan. Please be assured that we are determined to serve our customers within the United Kingdom well, and will be working closely with our distributor to the Christian Market, Send the Light Distribution. However, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Vice President of Product Sales
In a short message received from Ian himself, he writes:
Your prayers and those of your blog readers would be greatly appreciated as Chava & I seek God’s path for us.
Ian, my prayers are with you, and I’m sure others will say the same. To put it mildly, this is not Zondervan’s finest hour.
- Zondervan part company with Matthews: Christian Marketplace, July 2009