Scholastic Senior Management and Executives
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Under Dick Robinson's leadership, Scholastic has become the largest publisher and distributor of children's books in the world and a leader in educational technology and children's media, with such well-known brands as Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Clifford the Big Red Dog®, The 39 Clues®, The Magic School Bus®, Goosebumps®, and many others. Since Mr. Robinson became President in 1974, CEO in 1975, and Chairman in 1982, Scholastic has also expanded its business internationally and continues to nurture its relationships with teachers, school leaders and librarians throughout the U.S. and the world through its well-known Scholastic Book Clubs and Scholastic Book Fairs, Scholastic Classroom Magazines and www.scholastic.com. The company's groundbreaking reading intervention program READ 180® set the industry standard for use of proven technology in classrooms, and Scholastic continues to build on its strong position with other research-based technology programs including System 44, FASTT Math, Fraction Nation, and Expert 21.
Scholastic’s annual revenue has grown to $2 billion since Mr. Robinson assumed his roles, and today, the company has approximately 9,500 employees with operations in 13 countries, and exports to 135 countries worldwide.
Maureen oversees the company’s finances, global operations, IT, human resources, business development and legal departments. She joined Scholastic in January 2007 after serving as CFO at Barnes & Noble, President and COO at Gartner Inc., a technology research and advisory firm, and CFO at Affinion Group, Inc., an affinity marketing firm.
Shane oversees the company's international operations with a focus on growth and the global marketplace. Under his guidance, Scholastic Asia delivers books and educational resources to major markets in a variety of ways including English-language schools and materials in China, Book Fairs in India and The Magic School Bus series in Malaysian classrooms. Also under his direction, Scholastic Export brings Scholastic directly to schools, libraries and bookstores in 45 languages in more than 135 countries, and Scholastic Australia/New Zealand reaches some 90% of primary schools in both countries. Shane also manages all New York personnel in Scholastic's International Group. He joined Scholastic in 2010 and previously served as Head of the Publishing Group with Times Publishing Ltd. A former teacher, Shane began his publishing career with Scholastic Australia more than 15 years ago.
Ellie Berger oversees the award-winning Trade Publishing division at Scholastic, the largest publisher and distributor of children’s books in the world. She directs the acquisition and publication of authors and properties for Scholastic, whose roster of bestselling authors and titles includes J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Walter Dean Myers, Brian Selznick, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Meg Cabot, Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games trilogy, Maggie Stiefvater, Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants, Ann Martin's The Baby-sitters Club®, Norman Bridwell's beloved Clifford the Big Red Dog®, Goosebumps®, The 39 Clues™, among many others. Ellie helped guide the complex production and manufacturing of every one of the Harry Potter books, including the seventh book in the series that broke all publishing sales records when it launched July 21, 2007. She is a true expert on kids and reading and can speak knowledgably about the world of children’s publishing.
Alan is a pioneer in the book fair industry and an integral part of the growth and success of the Scholastic Book Fairs business. As President, he leads a team of more than 3,000 passionate book experts who help put more than 100 million books in the hands of children and generate more than $175 million in funds for school projects and classroom materials every year. He joined Scholastic in 1988 with the acquisition of the Apple Book Company, a regional distributer of books and book fairs in the Carolinas and Virginia founded by Alan. Today, Scholastic Book Fairs is the leading operator of school-based book fairs in the United States.
Deborah is an award-winning children’s television producer, having executive produced more than 300 television productions, including Clifford the Big Red Dog, Goosebumps, I SPY, The Magic School Bus, Maya & Miguel and WordGirl. She co-produced with New Line Cinema the feature-length movie The Golden Compass, the first installment in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials book trilogy. Deborah joined Scholastic Media in 1995, and it has grown to become one of the foremost producers of quality, family-oriented content for a multitude of platforms as well as an award-winning licensor and marketer of children's properties worldwide. Deborah can speak about all aspects of children’s television and media.
Kyle oversees media relations and internal communications, corporate productions, creative services, corporate graphics and the Scholastic library. Among her many responsibilities, Kyle led the public relations and media strategy campaign for the launches of the sixth (2005) and seventh (2007) books in the Harry Potter series. Prior to joining Scholastic in 2003, Kyle served as Director of New York and Regional Communications for the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF). From 1977 to 1994, she was a network television news producer/director at CBS News and NBC News. From 1972 to 1976 she taught the fifth and sixth grades in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Andy supervises the legal functions for the entire company, including securities, litigation, copyright, trademark distribution and employment issues. Before joining Scholastic in 2008, Mr. Hedden was a partner at Baker & MacKenzie LLP, practicing corporate law with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and securities law. He was a partner of Coudert Brothers LLP for 37 years before joining Baker & MacKenzie in 2005. Mr. Hedden has served the Scholastic Board of Directors for 15 years, and has advised the Board in the areas of corporate governance, acquisitions and securities. Andy graduated from Hamilton College and earned his LLB from Duke University School of Law.
Margery is an expert on 21st Century learning and a pioneer in the development of research-based educational technology programs. Under her leadership, Scholastic has developed groundbreaking programs such as: READ 180®, a reading intervention program for adolescents; System 44®, the breakthrough foundational reading program for older students who struggle with basic phonics; Expert 21®, a comprehensive language arts program that merges digital and print curricula; and FASTT Math™, a program to develop math fact fluency. Margery has been the driving force behind the growth in educational technology sales at Scholastic—from less than $40 million in FY 2001 to more than $250 million in FY 2010.
Judy oversees Scholastic Reading Club, the company's unique school-based book distribution channel that has been a treasured tradition for teachers and students since 1948, as well as the company's robust e-commerce platforms on Scholastic.com – an Internet Retailer Hot 100 Retail site in 2009. Scholastic Reading Club reaches more than 1 million teachers and 26 million children in classrooms nationwide every year. In 1999, Judy created Scholastic Reading Club's ClassroomsCare initiative, which teaches children the value of reading and giving. Scholastic donates up to 1 million books to children in need when students in each participating classroom around the country read 100 books. She also oversaw the development of Clubs Ordering On-Line (COOL), a service that allows teachers to submit Reading Club orders via the Internet, and Parent COOL, which enables families to submit orders to their teachers online with their children and order books together. Judy also currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Reach Out and Read.
Hugh Roome oversees publication of Scholastic's 28 classroom magazines, reaching more than 20 million students and teachers across the country. The magazines include the award-winning news magazine for teens, The New York Times UPFRONT® and the popular current events titles Scholastic News® and Junior Scholastic®. Additionally, Roome is responsible for Scholastic’s professional and consumer magazines, including Scholastic Parent & Child® and oversees the Scholastic Library Publishing group, including its popular imprints True Books and Cornerstones. He also manages Grolier Online, the most comprehensive source of nonfiction content targeted for grades 3 and up
Greg oversees the Scholastic Classroom and Community Group, which focuses on literacy initiatives that include work with school districts, non-profits and other partners to increase access to books and educational materials for all children, and to provide professional development for educators. In 2011, Greg launched the Scholastic Family and Community Engagement (FACE) initiative, dedicated to creating programs and partnerships that support literacy development in classrooms, at home, in early childhood and after-school settings, during the summer, and through mentoring programs. Greg has been a champion in reinforcing the important role libraries play in supporting student achievement through the publication of research reports like School Libraries Work!, which resulted in Scholastic's recognition by AASL with the Crystal Apple Award. Most recently, Greg received an Upton Sinclair Award, which recognizes educational leaders who have gone above and beyond the call of duty ensuring that children around the globe succeed.