Iole Lucchese was appointed Executive Vice President of Scholastic Corporation in 2016 and Chair of the Board of Directors in 2021, having served as Chief Strategy Officer since 2014. A 30-year veteran of the Company, she has consistently led innovative efforts to deepen connections with and better support teachers, families, young readers, and other consumers, while expanding access to Scholastic content around the world. During her career, she has worked to modernize Scholastic for the digital age, forge new and innovative partnerships, and extend the Company’s reach to diverse audiences, focusing on content development and the strengthening of the Scholastic brand in publishing and education.
Iole’s strong track record of instigating effective change includes the significant expansion of the Scholastic Canada book publishing and distribution group—ultimately cementing the company’s position as the #1 children’s book publisher in that market. She also led the successful relaunch of Scholastic Entertainment in 2017 by recognizing the untapped potential of the Scholastic brand to bring its beloved stories and content to multiple platforms. Against the backdrop of an exploding streaming landscape, the division rapidly expanded under her leadership, growing to a highly-profitable business as Scholastic’s media activities met the market’s need for engaging children’s content, ranging from animated series like Peabody Award-winning and Daytime Emmy® Award-nominated Stillwater on AppleTV+ and Clifford the Big Red Dog on Amazon Prime Video and PBS Kids, to live action films like Clifford the Big Red Dog and The Magic School Bus Rides Again.