Senior Management

Richard Robinson

Chairman of the Board, President and
Chief Executive Officer

Dick Robinson has been President of Scholastic Corporation (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. FULL BIO


Kenneth J. Cleary

Chief Financial Officer

Ken was named Chief Financial Officer at Scholastic in 2017 after serving as Chief Accounting Officer. He joined the Company in May 2008 as Vice President, External Reporting and Compliance. Prior to Scholastic, Mr. Cleary was Senior Assistant Controller at Hertz Corporation, Assistant Controller at Engelhard Corporation, and Manager of Financial Reporting at Sequa Corporation. He began his career as an auditor for KPMG.


Iole Lucchese

Chief Strategy Officer

As Chief Strategy Officer, Iole advances the company’s strategic initiatives, including new offerings and business transformation, in close collaboration with Scholastic leadership. Driven by a tireless commitment to innovation, Iole's strong track record of instigating effective change over the course of her 25 years with the company includes the significant expansion of the book publishing and distribution group during her tenure as President of Scholastic Canada, where she helped cement the company’s position of #1 children’s book publisher in that market. Iole also pioneered a North American collaborative management approach which led to double-digit gains in profitability for the Canadian operation. In addition to her corporate strategic oversight, Iole is also directly responsible for the company’s digital content and e-commerce strategy, as well as the expansion of the award-winning Scholastic Entertainment division.


Satbir Bedi

Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Satbir leads the Software & Technology Services division and directs the company’s operations and analytics functions. In addition, he manages the implementation of the Scholastic 2020 Plan on behalf of the company. A former educator, he started in publishing as an editor in 1995 and has been at the forefront of designing and building technology solutions since then.


Ellie Berger

Executive Vice President and President, Trade Publishing

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.


Alan Boyko

President, Scholastic Book Fairs

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.


Andrew Hedden

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

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 Hitchcock

Executive Vice President and President, International

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 Newman

President, Book Clubs and E-Commerce

Judy oversees Scholastic Book Clubs, 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. Scholastic Book Clubs reaches nearly 1 million teachers and 26 million children in classrooms nationwide every year. In 1999, Judy created Scholastic Book Clubs’ ClassroomsCare initiative, which teaches children the value of reading and giving. Scholastic donated 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 Book Clubs 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 served for eight years as Chairman of the Board of Reach Out and Read and currently advises this national literacy organization. She is also a Board Advisor to Book Trust.


Beth Polcari

Executive Vice President and President, Scholastic Magazines Group

Beth oversees the award-winning Scholastic Classroom Magazines including the popular titles Scholastic News ®, Junior Scholastic ® and Storyworks®. Scholastic was founded nearly 100 years ago with one classroom magazine and today provides 32 digital and print titles with engaging and relevant content to millions of students every day. She is also responsible for the newly expanded Digital Subscriptions and the well-respected Teaching Resources businesses. Since joining the Company in 1985, Beth has held leadership roles spanning across key Education business areas giving her keen insights into how to best serve schools with high-quality content combined with digital solutions. During her tenure, Beth has been integral to the growth of the Company as she led strategic initiatives including the development of Scholastic Education technology products, such as Scholastic Literacy Pro™ and Scholastic W.O.R.D., along with bringing the digital foundational reading skills program, Ooka Island® to the US market.


Stephanie Smirnov

Executive Vice President, Global Corporate Communications

Stephanie oversees media relations, financial and internal communications and social media along with managing the overall alignment of Scholastic messaging globally. She is focused on connecting the Scholastic brand to customers and leveraging the power of the Company’s beloved characters and respected educational resources; from Clifford the Big Red Dog® and Dog Man to Junior Scholastic® and Guided Reading. Prior to joining Scholastic, Stephanie held agency leadership roles at Edelman and DeVries Global where she partnered with brands to more effectively engage their stakeholders in a rapidly evolving communications landscape.


Greg Worrell

President, Scholastic Education

Greg oversees Scholastic Education, which partners with schools and districts to empower educators and to raise achievement for all students by providing a complete literacy program, print and digital instructional materials, and professional services for educators and family engagement. These resources 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.


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