Dick Robinson has been President of Scholastic Inc. (NASDAQ: SCHL) since 1974, Chief Executive Officer since 1975, and Chairman of the Board since 1982. He is the second of only two leaders in the history of the company, having succeeded his father, M. R. Robinson, who founded Scholastic in Pittsburgh in 1920 with the publication of a single classroom magazine, The Western Pennsylvania Scholastic. Under Richard Robinson’s leadership, Scholastic has become the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, a global leader in education, and a force in the digital world of children’s media and e-commerce.
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.
Iole Lucchese is Chief Strategy Officer of Scholastic Corporation, reporting to the CEO. A global leader in the children’s books and marketing, she formerly was Co-President and then President of Scholastic Canada where she built book clubs and trade publishing to their position as the largest Canadian publisher and distributor of children’s books. As Chief Strategy Officer, she is responsible for directing, developing and communicating the strategic plan for the Company, as well as participating with the CEO, CFO, and General Counsel in major corporate decisions. To develop the strategic plan of the company, which is reviewed by the Board of Directors, she works with business leaders as well as the CEO. As a result of her 26 years of experience with Canada’s book business, she has developed deep understanding and close relationships with Scholastic’s US trade, book club, book fair and education operations, as well as Scholastic’s international business, including IT and Finance. She continues to be responsible at the corporate level for Scholastic Canada as well as the company’s US entertainment business.
Satbir leads the software development and technology services function for Scholastic. He has been at the forefront of designing and building technology solutions for the publishing and assessment businesses since 1999. A former educator, he started in publishing as an editor in 1995. Soon after that he became fascinated with the power of digital publishing and Internet and pioneered systems and processes to create digital learning materials.
Ellie oversees the award-winning Trade Publishing division at Scholastic. She 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 in 2007. She is a true expert on kids and reading and the world of children's publishing.
As President of Scholastic Book Fairs, Alan leads a team of 3,800 passionate book experts who partner with schools to host in-school reading events to spotlight the importance of independent reading while helping students build their reading skills. The annual events reach more than 25 million students and families and help put more than 100 million books in the hands of children. He joined Scholastic in 1988 with the acquisition of the Apple Book Company, a regional distributor 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.
Kyle oversees media relations, social media, internal communications, corporate design 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.
Nelson oversees the company's international operations with a focus on growth and the global marketplace. He joined Scholastic in 2005 and has served in a variety of senior positions and capacities throughout his career at Scholastic. Nelson has spearheaded key growth opportunities and corporate restructuring to create greater efficiencies, improve internal processes and deliver on improved customer service and marketing. Nelson previously served as the COO of Spray Networks in Sweden and CEO of RCI EMEA in the UK having lived and worked in Europe for over 18 years. Nelson received his MBA from the Harvard Business School.
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 oversees publication of Scholastic's 33 classroom magazines, reaching more than 25 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 and oversees the Scholastic Library Publishing group, including its popular imprints True Books™ and Franklin Watts. He also manages Scholastic GO!®, the most comprehensive source of nonfiction content targeted for grades 3 and up.
Greg oversees Scholastic Education, which partners with schools and districts to raise student achievement for all students by providing comprehensive customized solutions which include professional learning resources and print and digital instructional materials that ensure children have access to robust classroom libraries, powerful instruction, and books in the home. In 2011, Greg launched Scholastic Family and Community Engagement (FACE), 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 is the recipient of the 2011 Upton Sinclair Award, which recognizes educational leaders who have gone above and beyond the call of duty ensuring that children around the globe succeed.