De Gruyter expands, commits to US growth

De Gruyter, an independent international academic publisher with roots in Germany, has significantly increased its presence in the United States by growing its office in Boston by 30 percent. The 16 colleagues in De Gruyter’s Boston office and  14 colleagues in the rest of the country serve authors and librarians in the United States, Canada and Central and South America.

An increase in qualified and enthusiastic staff was also necessary to continue growing the successful partnerships that have shaped De Gruyter’s North American activities for more than five years. Various partnerships and pilot projects with university presses, smaller publishers and academic institutions continue to increase recognition for De Gruyter in the US while partners benefit from De Gruyter’s international expertise.

“We are confident that Michael Zeoli and Steven Sutton, two experienced and energetic sales professionals who have recently joined us, will lead the push to closer and better relationships to our customers,” said David Celano, Sales Director Americas for De Gruyter.

Michael Zeoli, Sales Manager, with 15 years of experience in both sales and monograph acquisitions for a university library, has recently joined De Gruyter from GOBI/EBSCO, where he oversaw publisher relations and partnerships. Steven Sutton, Sales Manager, also joins from EBSCO with more than 20 years of sales experience in scholarly publishing.

In addition to the development of the sales team, there has also been growth in the marketing, editorial, and partner program teams to ensure better service for De Gruyter’s authors in the region. 

“Although we have had a stable presence in the United States since 1971, our future plans are ambitious, and required additional, significant investment over the entire scope of our activities in the Americas. All of us at De Gruyter – not just in the Boston office – are convinced that our approach, which is led by the values of partnership, openness, courage and competence, will allow us to better serve our stakeholders,” said Steve Fallon, Vice President Americas and Strategic Partnerships.