The Berrett-Koehler Group, Inc. Story
Our Founder’s Story
Over the years, Steve developed a new leadership paradigm based on the works of Berrett-Koehler authors and his own leadership experiences. This approach remains core to our business today.
Where We Are Today
Where We Plan To Go
Founder & Senior Editor
Steven Piersanti is founder of Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., where he served as CEO, president, and publisher from 1992 until May 2019 and where he now serves as a full-time senior editor. Berrett-Koehler is a leading independent publisher of progressive books on current affairs, personal growth, business and management, training, project management, and other areas.
Prior to founding Berrett-Koehler in 1992, Steve served as president of Jossey-Bass Inc., Publishers, a publisher of books and periodicals on business and management, education, health care, public administration, the nonprofit sector, and the behavioral sciences.
Steve graduated with Highest Honors from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in University Studies. While in school, he founded, published, and edited a pioneering university student scholarly journal.
CEO & CFO
David Marshall is CEO and CFO of Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. He has been with the company for eleven years, serving as the head of the editorial department and Vice President of Editorial and Digital for eight years. He is a software industry veteran, specializing in marketing and business development. David received his BA from San Francisco State University in International Relations and German Literature, as well as an MBA from Harvard University. He and his wife Kate are best-selling co-authors of prompted journals that foster family communication including The Book of Myself, The Book of Us, and What I Love About You (over one million copies sold).
President & Publisher
Johanna Vondeling is Berrett-Koehler’s President and Publisher. After joining the company in 2004, she served as Vice President for Editorial and Digital, and later as Vice President for International Sales and Business Development. Previously, she worked for Jossey-Bass (a Wiley imprint), W.W. Norton, and Holt, Rinehart, and Winston. She received her BA from Yale University and her PhD in literature from the University of Texas at Austin. She serves on the board of Bay Area Women in Publishing and chairs their Diversity and Inclusion Committee.