Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company Overview
At Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, we aim to spark a lifelong love of learning in every individual we touch.
It's not just our mission; it's our passion. As a global learning company, HMH specializes in pre-K–12 education content, services and cutting edge technology solutions for today’s changing landscape.
HMH creates engaging, dynamic and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to K-12 and beyond the classroom, serving more than 50 million students in more than 150 countries. Available through multiple media, our content meets the needs of students, teachers, parents and lifelong learners, no matter where and how they learn.
Our renowned and awarded children's books, novels, nonfiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. Our distinguished author list, from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Philip Roth, and brands from Curious George to The Lord of the Rings, includes 10 Nobel Prize winners, 48 Pulitzer Prize winners, 15 National Book Award winners, and more than 100 Caldecott, Newbery, Printz and Sibert Medal and Honor recipients.
Jobs at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
John "Jack" Lynch
President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director, HMH
Jack joined HMH in 2017 as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director, bringing with him extensive background in the K–12 education and technology space. Prior to HMH, Jack was the CEO at Renaissance Learning, a leader in K–12 learning analytics, owned by Hellman & Friedman and Google Capital. With more than 25 years of management experience in the software and information industry, Jack is highly respected in the field of education technology. He has been active in the K–12 education industry since 1999 and was the founding CEO of bigchalk.com, where he created an education network serving 40,000 schools. He was later president and CEO of the Pearson Technology Group. Prior to joining Renaissance Learning, Jack was a member of the executive board of Wolters Kluwer. Jack holds a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University and was honored with the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year award for his leadership.
Chief Financial Officer
Joe joined HMH from Morgan Stanley where he was an investment banker in the Global Media and Communications Group and led the firm’s advisory of clients in the education content and information services sectors. He has been involved in many of the most important transactions within the education sector over the last decade and brings a diverse combination of strategic, financial, and investor relations expertise. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Joe served as an officer in the United States Navy where he held leadership roles aboard a ballistic missile submarine and as an assistant professor of Naval Science at Northwestern University. He received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy.
Bill joined Houghton Mifflin in May of 2007 as Senior Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel and was made Executive Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel in March 2008. Previously, he served as Vice President and General Counsel of Harcourt Education Group. Bill oversees all legal, regulatory, and corporate matters for the Company. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
President, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade Publishing
Ellen joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as President of HMH Trade Publishing in December 2015, with responsibility for driving the strategic growth and expansion of the Company’s consumer publishing business. An experienced leader in publishing, consumer brands, and multimedia, Ellen spent 15 years at The Disney ABC Television Group. For five years she was President and Publisher of Hyperion Books, then a division of the Walt Disney Company, responsible for building the company's digital business, spearheading cross-platform initiatives, and releasing more than 100 New York Times bestsellers. Ellen serves on the Foundation Board of New York Women in Communications and is a member of The Women’s Forum of New York and Golden Seeds, an early-stage investment firm with a focus on women leaders. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Hamilton College, Clinton, New York.
General Manager, Heinemann
Vicki joined Heinemann – the leading publisher of professional books and resources for K–12 educators – in 2003 as the Director of Professional Development. In this role, she repositioned Heinemann PD from a sideline business to an integral and key part of Heinemann Publishing. In 2015, she was promoted to SVP and General Manager of Heinemann and in 2017 she was elevated to EVP and General Manager of Heinemann. Under her leadership, in 2016 Heinemann continued its unprecedented run of 11 straight years of growth. She has been a passionate advocate for children and teachers throughout her career – first as a counselor for students with special needs, then as the Special Assistant for Education Policy in the administration of New Hampshire Governor Jeanne Shaheen. Vicki holds an MS in Management from Antioch University New England and a BA in Humanities from the University of Texas.
Chief Marketing Officer
Amy joined HMH in 2015 through the acquisition of Scholastic’s EdTech business where she led the Marketing organization. In 2017, she was elevated to Chief Marketing Officer and oversees product marketing, field marketing, market research, an in-house agency, and digital and demand generation teams. She has more than 20 years of experience in educational technology, publishing, and media in both marketing and business development roles. Before HMH, Amy worked at several leading publishers including Scholastic, Time Inc., and Forbes. At Scholastic, Amy was VP of Marketing and oversaw the transition of Scholastic's EdTech business from single product to multiple product lines under a unified brand. Amy has an MBA from Columbia University and a BA from Northwestern University.
Chief Learning Officer
Rose joined HMH as part of the Company’s acquisition of Scholastic’s Educational Technology and Services business in May 2015. Now as Chief Learning Officer and EVP, Rose oversees HMH’s Efficacy Research, Learning Science, and Data Analytics teams, as well as its Teaching and Learning Platforms and best-in-class Professional Services business. At Scholastic, Rose was Executive Vice President of K–12 US and Global Product Development, responsible for the company’s Ed Tech product strategy and development, including world-class products such as READ 180, MATH 180, System 44, and iRead. Rose has worked as a professional development publisher, for education non-profits, as a television book reviewer, as an educational researcher, and as a classroom teacher. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Sydney in Australia and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oxford, UK. Rose is a Board member of the Institute of Play in New York City and the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Mass.
Matthew Mugo Fields
General Manager, Supplemental and Intervention Solutions
Matthew has devoted his career to transforming education and ensuring that academic success is attainable for students of all backgrounds. He joined HMH in 2017 and leads the development and growth of the company’s supplemental and intervention solutions. Prior to HMH, Matthew worked at McGraw-Hill Education, overseeing strategy, operations, marketing, and product development for a suite of adaptive learning programs. Matthew also founded education startups – Redbird Advanced Learning, a personalized learning company that developed next generation math and language arts adaptive digital curricula and online teacher professional learning programs; and Rocket Group, the United States’ largest provider of in-school tutoring, which served students in 140 school systems across 20 states. He holds dual master’s degrees in business and education from Harvard University and is an honors graduate of Morehouse College.
SVP and Chief Engineering Officer
Peter George joined HMH in 2018, bringing with him more than 30 years of experience in the software and technology field, including expertise in conceptualizing, managing, and delivering large, complex, and distributed software products and systems. Most recently with Blackboard Corporation, and prior to that with identity and access management provider Courion Corporation, Peter has developed integrated, world-class user experiences and driven continuous improvement efforts to support faster development and deployment of powerful new products. He spent over a decade leading the products and technology organizations at Boston-based software company Kronos, where he was instrumental in the company’s extraordinary growth. Peter has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.
Kristen Duffy Lavelle
Senior Vice President, Global Operations and Customer Experience
Kristen joined Harcourt as Director of Supply Chain in 2006 focusing on process improvement, supply chain analytics, strategic sourcing, supplier management, and business systems enablement. In 2007, she was promoted to Vice President of Supply Chain and Indirect Procurement following Houghton Mifflin’s acquisition of Harcourt. Since that time, Kristen’s responsibilities have broadened to include HMH’s global operations and customer experience including supply chain planning, strategic sourcing and procurement, customer experience, distribution, scoring center operations, and overall operational excellence across HMH. Prior to joining HMH, Kristen held various positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, and a startup focused on eProcurement systems. Kristen holds a Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University, is a Certified Public Accountant, is a Girl Scout Volunteer, and has sat on the Board of the Wisconsin International School.
General Manager, Core Solutions
Jim brings more than 20 years of experience in educational technology, product development, strategy, marketing, and sales support to his position as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Core Curriculum, where he focuses on enhancing and deepening HMH’s basal core business. Most recently, Jim served as Chief Product and Strategy Officer for Achieve3000, where he led a broad portfolio of teams and projects to develop innovative ways to differentiate instruction through blended learning. Jim has also held roles at Pearson, National Geographic, and HMH, where he previously served as Senior Vice President, Product Management and Strategy, working on comprehensive curriculum solutions within the K-12 space. He is passionate about the role of technology within curriculum development, and dedicated to supporting students and teachers. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Executive Vice President, Global Sales
Before joining HMH, Lee served as Senior Vice President of Sales for Monster’s Government Solutions sector. While at Monster, Lee built a dedicated sales team that addressed workforce and economic development in regional economies, and also drove change management and new strategy development sales and system integration partnerships. Prior to Monster, Lee served as General Manager, Government Sales and Consulting Services for Microsoft. In this role, Lee led the development of Microsoft’s strategic approach to state and local governments including the development of go-to-market strategies. Lee currently serves on the board of Innovate Education, a national organization focused on STEM education.
Chief People Officer
|Alejandro is a seasoned leader in organizational and leadership transformation. He joined HMH in 2017 as the Chief People Officer, where he focuses on enabling the success of the employee community through strategic people initiatives including leadership and talent development, talent management, and culture change. Prior to HMH, Alejandro worked at Laureate Education where he served as the Chief Talent and Organization Development Officer, responsible for building the talent infrastructure for the company. He also held significant tenures at Dell and Motorola. Alejandro has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Metropolitan University in Mexico City and a Master of Science degree with a specialty in Robotics and Automation from the Monterrey Institute of Technology.|
Chief Information Officer
Trish joined HMH in 2017 as the Chief Information Officer where she focuses on leveraging the Company’s enterprise software solutions to streamline all internal operations. She started her technology career as a consultant with Accenture and went on to hold IT leadership positions at Boston Scientific, National Grid and Charles River Laboratories. In various Divisional and International CIO positions, Trish has built and lead global organizations for the successful execution of large scale business transformations and integrations. Trish holds a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida.
Culture at HMH:
As champions of curiosity, our employees are as much a part of the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt brand as the programs we promote, the products we sell, and the services we provide. We view every interaction as an opportunity to communicate our brand, our promise, and our potential. We are passionate, trusted, collaborative, rigorous, practical visionaries.
In addition to increasing our standing as a leader in education reform, fostering sustainable business processes, and addressing the social challenges faced by our customers, we strive to support employees’ passions and facilitate their engagement with the community. We proudly support 12 employee-run Community Investment Councils (CICs) across the US and Ireland, which utilize corporate funding, resources and support to help engage local colleagues in volunteer opportunities and charitable campaigns that improve the communities where they live and work.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an organization rooted in purpose and strengthened by passion. Our values drive our decisions, shape our strategies, and increase the benefit we provide to customers and colleagues alike.
We value enabling and promoting the curiosity of others, resulting in remarkable discoveries and new ideas.
We must always mean what we say and deliver on our commitments to each other and our customers.
Effectiveness and Reliability
Our content and our solutions must be more than just innovative, they must also be effective and reliable.
We are passionate learners. We are driven by the promise of understanding new ideas. We are committed to improving teaching and learning around the world.
We are driven to overcome obstacles and succeed. We recognize our role in ensuring the success of others and we are committed to achieving our goals.
Best In Class
We are committed to providing our partners, our customers, and our communities with services and solutions representing the best our industry can offer.
"Working at HMH is interesting, challenging, and gratifying at the same time. The people I interact with daily are dedicated professionals. At HMH, our main focus is providing meaningful content to educate students of all ages. Who can argue with that?! I'm proud to be part of HMH and am excited about the future of our company."
"I've stayed at HMH 13+ years-my longest tenure at any company in my life-for two main reasons: 1) the amazing products and services we provide to help educate, inform, and entertain children and adults, and 2) the people who work here are passionate about what they do, interesting, collaborative, and all around good people."
"There are 2 major benefits to working within the HMH community. First, the level of support during on-boarding is phenomenal. There are so many people and resources available to help you be successful as soon as possible. Second, HMH wants you to grow. Consequently, there are real opportunities to learn, to explore new challenges, and advance. My first 10 months on the job have been fulfilling and I feel as though I'm contributing significantly, with a bright future ahead."
HMH is proud to welcome you to our Downtown Boston Headquarters!
Our engineering team would love to show you around.
While we focus on E-Learning products, we are proud of the award-winning books we have published.
What drives us? Our mission.
We drive our mission through Curiosity.
Our office offers great views.
The view is even better with great colleagues around.
Our new office comes with fantastic cafateria and meeting space.
A full view of the cafeteria.
But of course, there are plenty of places to meet...
… and have breakout sessions.
Why is everyone so happy to be here?
We are working on the cutting-edge of educational products.
There are plenty of seats left at our table.