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Senior Management

Richard Robinson

Chairman, President, and CEO

Richard Robinson (1937-2021) was named President of Scholastic Inc. (NASDAQ: SCHL) in 1974 and Chief Executive Officer in 1975. He was elected to the position of Chairman of the Board in 1982. Under his 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

Executive Vice President, 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. 

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 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

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

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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