Rolf Zettersten, senior v-p and publisher of Hachette Nashville, will retire this fall, Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch announced today in a letter to staff. Zettersten will continue to lead the Nashville division’s five imprints until a successor is named, which Hachette said should happen "shortly."
Zettersten joined HBG in 2000, where he established the publisher's Christian publishing program, opened its Nashville office, and launched the imprint that would later become FaithWords, which publishes such major bestselling Christian authors as Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, T.D. Jakes, and Wm. Paul Young. Zettersten also launched Center Street in 2004, as a generalist imprint publishing such authors as John C. Maxwell, Mike Huckabee, Karen Kingsbury, Nelson DeMille, and Robert Edsel, before its shift, under his leadership, to a conservative political and military imprint in 2017. In 2018, Zettersten was involved in acquiring Worthy Publishing, which is an imprint of Hachette Nashville.
“I am profoundly grateful to my Hachette colleagues and to the wonderful authors and agents with whom I have worked,” Zettersten said. “It’s been a remarkable career and I am cheering for the continued growth and development of this program which means so much to me.”