Macmillan Learning Announces Leadership Changes

December 10, 2019


New York, NY - December 10, 2019. Macmillan Learning today announced the resignation of CEO Ken Michaels.  Mr. Michaels was appointed Chief Executive to Macmillan Learning in April 2015, following his tenure as Chief Operating Officer for Macmillan’s global education unit. After Mr. Michaels’ appointment, Macmillan Learning has enjoyed a period of solid growth and innovation.  

Following Mr. Michaels' departure, Macmillan Learning General Manager Susan Winslow will lead the company with the group’s senior leadership team. They will report to Macmillan CEO John Sargent. 

Mr. Sargent commented, "Ken has done a great job leading Macmillan Learning, especially in this quickly evolving market. He is a driven leader, a constant learner and an unrelenting supporter of education. He has modernized the company and put us on stable footing. He leaves with the company taking significant steps forward with a new courseware platform and a fantastic lineup for 2020. I am grateful for all he has done.” 

“It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to lead this team for the past five years,” said Mr. Michaels. “Our mission is to build solutions that ensure each student can reach their fullest potential. Although the industry is changing rapidly, we remain laser-focused on supporting the needs of educators and to creating innovative products using evidence-based research to increase student success.”

He added, “My deepest gratitude goes out to those who work every day to make a difference in education. I believe Macmillan Learning’s brightest and most impactful days are ahead and I look forward to their success.”

Mr. Michaels joined Macmillan in 2013 from Hachette Book Group (HBG), where he was President and COO. Mr. Michaels is a former Chairman of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG). He has more than 30 years of industry-changing accomplishments at the top trade, educational, and scholarly publishing companies, with senior roles at The McGraw Hill Companies and Hachette Book Group.

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