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Senior Management

Peter Warwick

President and Chief Executive Officer

Peter Warwick became President and CEO of Scholastic in August 2021, making him only the third CEO in Scholastic’s 101-year history. As CEO, Peter is responsible for Scholastic’s business strategy, and oversees all business segments and corporate functions. Prior to his appointment, Peter was an independent director on Scholastic’s Board from 2014–2021—a period in which the Company dramatically expanded its reach to global audiences and educators through the move into digital platforms and the creation of a number of new and innovative partnerships.  

 

Peter’s focus is on carrying out the vision set forth by Dick Robinson to be the most beloved brand in children’s publishing, while continuing to strengthen the company culture and create value for shareholders through a constant focus on innovation. To the role of CEO, Peter brings extensive management and operational expertise in education publishing and in the information and media industries. Previously, Peter held several senior leadership positions at Thomson Reuters, including CEO of significant business units, before retiring from the company in 2018 from his role as Chief People Officer. Peter began his career at Pearson, where he spent 20 years—first in an editorial capacity and eventually becoming CEO of the company’s professional education and information business unit.

Iole Lucchese

Chair of the Board, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer and President, Scholastic Entertainment

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

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.

Raghushri Sankaran

Chief Information Officer

As Chief Information Officer, Raghu leads Scholastic Technology Services, driving the vision, execution and support of the enterprise technology platforms across all divisions. Raghu also serves as Scholastic’s Chief Information Security Officer and is responsible for the global information security of the company. Driven by a passion for leveraging technology to drive better business outcomes, Raghu takes pride in conceptualizing, building and executing future ready, cost-effective technology transformations delivered at scale. Prior to joining Scholastic in 2015, Raghu led the Healthcare Enterprise Platform team at Siemens Healthcare, served as the Director of Technology at Sapient, and led Intuit’s Enterprise Commerce Platform and Enterprise Order System Middleware groups.

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, General Counsel and Secretary

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.

Judy Newman

Executive Vice President and President, Book Clubs

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.

Rose Else-Mitchell 

President, Education Solutions

Rose leads the education business comprising all Scholastic’s resources in support of children’s social-emotional wellbeing and reading development. With a focus on meeting the needs of teachers and students, Education Solutions offers unparalleled literacy content, instruction and curricula across print and digital formats. The Company’s innovative, equitable, and effective materials, which support children to learn to read and love to read serve over 90% of prek-12 institutions in U.S. First joining Scholastic in 2000, Rose was Senior Vice President, Product Development for the EdTech business, which was sold to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) in 2015, where she was later appointed Chief Learning Officer. She also served as a teaching fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Chairs the Industry Council of the EdTech Evidence Exchange. Rose began her career in education as a classroom teacher in Sydney, Australia.  

Beth Polcari

President, International

Beth leads Scholastic International business operations in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, Export, and Asia. 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. Most recently, she oversaw the award-winning Scholastic Classroom Magazines, Digital Subscriptions, and Teaching Resources businesses. During her tenure, Beth has been integral to the growth of Scholastic, having 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 inspire them to keep reading long after they leave the classroom. These annual events 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 began her career in product development with Books are Fun in 2002 and in the ensuing 18 years has developed a reputation as a publishing industry thought leader. She spent nine years at ReaderLink Distribution Services, where she held leadership roles in product development, sales and marketing, culminating in her role as SVP, Marketing and Procurement in which she oversaw all marketing functions for the nation's leading trade book distributor. Most recently, she has served as VP and GMM, Bookstore, at Barnes and Noble, Inc., the largest retail bookseller in the U.S.

Greg Worrell

Executive Vice President, Educations Strategic Partnerships 

Greg is responsible for building and reinforcing relationships to expand our reach with educational institutions, community organizations, and leaders across private and public sectors. Greg has been with Scholastic for close to three decades, where he has been a constant advocate for empowering educators and offering reading access to students of all backgrounds. 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.

Kevin Conklin

Senior Vice President, Corporate Operations

Kevin has strategic and operational responsibility for Scholastic’s end-to-end global supply chain, fulfillment, and distribution activities, delivering 350 million books and 300 million magazines to schools and consumer customers. With more than 25 years of experience, he has a strong track record for simplifying processes and identifying state-of-the-art technology solutions to deliver quality customer service consistent with our mission to promote literacy and a love of reading. Prior to joining Scholastic, Kevin served as Vice President, Operations Americas for Pandora Jewelry and Director of Distribution and Logistics for the Clorox Company, overseeing the Burt’s Bees Division. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital Foundation and the Transportation Impact, LLC Advisory Board.

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