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Senior Management

Richard Robinson

Chairman, President, and CEO

Richard 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.

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 and President, Scholastic Entertainment

As Chief Strategy Officer, Iole advances the company’s strategic and creative initiatives, including new offerings, business transformation and marketing across all businesses. Driven by a tireless commitment to innovation, Iole's strong track record of instigating effective change over the course of her 28 years with the company includes the significant expansion of the book publishing and distribution group during her tenure as President of Scholastic Canada, cementing the company’s position of #1 children’s book publisher in that market. In addition to her corporate oversight across businesses, Iole is responsible for the company’s digital content and e-commerce strategy, as well as the expansion of the award-winning Scholastic Entertainment division.  In the last two years since taking over the division, the group now has more than 25 projects in development, ranging from animated series to live action films. 

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.

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

Executive Vice President and 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 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.

Sasha Quinton

Executive Vice President and President, Scholastic Book Fairs

Sasha leads the Company’s Book Fair division, which hosts in-school events that spotlight the importance of independent reading and give students access to affordable, popular books that will inspire them to keep reading long after they leave the classroom. These annual events have put more than 100 million books in the hands of more than 25 million students and families, helping foster a lifelong love of reading. Sasha comes to Scholastic from Barnes & Noble, where was responsible for numerous aspects of their bookstore strategy as Vice President and GMM, Bookstore. Before Barnes & Noble, Sasha began her career in product development with Books Are Fun in 2002, where she worked in their publishing and book fair group. In the ensuing 17 years, she developed into a publishing industry thought leader, culminating in her role as SVP, Marketing and Procurement, in which she oversaw all marketing functions for the nation’s largest trade retail distributor.

Stephanie Smirnov

Executive Vice President, Global Corporate Communications

Stephanie oversees media relations, financial and internal communications, social media, event planning and national partnerships for Scholastic. She is responsible for the overall alignment of global Scholastic messaging, and leveraging the power of the company’s iconic book characters and respected educational resources to build and deepen stakeholder relationships in a rapidly evolving communications landscape. With over 25 years of strategic communications experience, Stephanie has advised marketers and business leaders in both an agency and corporate capacity. Prior to joining Scholastic, she served as Managing Director, Brand Practice at Edelman New York, the world’s largest PR firm. She is also the former CEO of DeVries Global, and has held in-house leadership roles at L’Oréal USA and the Donna Karan Company.

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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