Board of Directors
Meet the HMH Board of Directors, dedicated members who carry a passion for education and inspiring curiosity.
Lawrence K. Fish
Director and Chairman of the Board
Lawrence K. Fish has served as a member of the board of directors since August 2010 and Chairman of the Board since January 2011. Mr. Fish served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (“Citizens”) from 2005 to 2008 and before as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, from 1992, of Citizens. Mr. Fish is a member of the Corporation (Board of Trustees) of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He serves on the boards of Textron Inc., Tiffany & Co., and NBH Holdings Corp. He is also an Honorary Trustee of the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. Mr. Fish’s extensive experience in the areas of finance, marketing, general management and corporate governance enables him to provide the Company with effective leadership on the board of directors.
Daniel Allen has served as a member of the board of directors since December 2016. He is also the president and a partner of Anchorage Capital Group, L.L.C. His responsibilities include overseeing the firm’s portfolio management, risk management and investment decisions. Prior to joining Anchorage, he held positions at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. He holds an M.B.A. from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and a B.S. from Skidmore College, where he serves as a member of the Board of Trustees.
L. Gordon Crovitz
L. Gordon Crovitz has served as a member of the board of directors since August 2012. From 1980-2007 Mr. Crovitz held a number of positions with Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal culminating in his role as Executive Vice President for Dow Jones and Publisher of The Wall Street Journal. He was co-founder of e-commerce software company Press+ in 2009. Mr. Crovitz serves on the Board of Directors at Dun & Bradstreet, Marin Software, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Business Insider, and Blurb. He is on the board of the American Association of Rhodes Scholars. Mr. Crovitz’s management roles in the publishing industry and extensive experience as a director enables him to provide the Company with valuable guidance.
Jill A. Greenthal
Director and Chair of Nominating, Ethics, and Governance Committee
Jill A. Greenthal has served as a member of the board of directors since June 2012. Ms. Greenthal has been a Senior Advisor in Private Equity at the Blackstone Group since 2007, working closely with the company’s global media and technology teams to assist in investments in those sectors. She also currently serves as a director of Akamai Technologies, Michaels Stores and The Weather Channel Companies. Prior to 2007, Ms. Greenthal was an investment banker and partner at Blackstone and Credit Suisse First Boston. Ms. Greenthal has extensive experience in the media industry and in advising technology and media companies, which enables her to provide valuable guidance to the Company.
John F. Killian
Director and Chair of Audit Committee
John F. Killian has served as a member of the board of directors since January 2011. Mr. Killian was Executive Vice President for Verizon and served as Verizon’s Chief Financial Officer from March 2009 through October 2010. Prior to becoming CFO, Mr. Killian was President of Verizon Business from October 2005 until March 2009, the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Verizon Telecom from June 2003 until October 2005, and the Senior Vice President and Controller of Verizon Telecom from April 2002 until June 2003. Mr. Killian serves on the board of directors at ConEdison Inc. and is a Chairman of the Board of Providence College. Mr. Killian brings extensive financial expertise to the board, as well as significant management and leadership experience.
John "Jack" J. Lynch, Jr.
Director and President, Chief Executive Officer
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 over 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.
John R. McKernan Jr.
Director and Chair of Compensation Committee
John R. McKernan, Jr. served as a member of the board of directors from August 2010 through June 2012 and rejoined the board in September 2012. Mr. McKernan is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of McKernan Enterprises, Inc., in Portland, Maine. He is the former Chairman of Education Management Corporation, a provider of post-secondary education in North America, where he served as Chief Executive Officer from September 2003 until February 2007 and continues to serve as a director. Mr. McKernan is a director of BorgWarner Inc. and served as Governor of the State of Maine from 1987 to 1995. Mr. McKernan is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of The
Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges and serves on the board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce. Mr. McKernan brings to the board superior leadership capabilities, knowledge of the legal and legislative processes and significant prior experience as a director.
Brian A. Napack
Brian A. Napack has served as a member of the board of directors since
June 2016. Mr. Napack is Senior Advisor at Providence Equity
(“Providence”), a private equity firm specializing in media, education,
information and communications. Prior to joining Providence in 2012, he
was President of global publisher Macmillan. Previously, Mr. Napack was a
partner at L.E.K. Consulting where served clients in the media,
entertainment, publishing, and education sectors. He was the founder and
Chief Executive Officer of ThinkBox Inc., and prior to that he was a
co-founder of Disney Interactive and founded Disney Educational
Publishing at The Walt Disney Company. Mr. Napack has also held senior
roles at Simon & Schuster and at A.T. Kearney, Inc. He currently
serves on the boards of Blackboard, Ascend Learning, Burning Glass
Technologies, and Zero to Three, and also served on the board of
Education Management Group from 2012 to 2015. Mr. Napack brings to the
board a robust career in the education and media industries, as well as
extensive operational experience.
E. Rogers Novak Jr.
E. Rogers Novak, Jr. has served as a member of the board of directors
since November 2012. He is a founder and managing member of Novak
Biddle Venture Partners, an early-stage venture fund focused on
investment opportunities in businesses focused on education, security,
big data analytics, and business-to-business-to-consumer. Mr. Novak
formerly served as Lead Director of Blackboard which was acquired by
Providence Equity Partners. Mr. Novak currently serves on several
private company boards and is a member of the External Relations Council
for the Department of Homeland Security’s Predict project. He also
serves on the Board of Trustees for Kenyon College where he sits on the
Budget, Financial and Audit Committee and the Information Resources
Committee. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Novak held a seat on the Board of the
National Venture Capital Association and was their Treasurer and a
member of their Executive Committee from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Novak’s
significant prior experience as a director, especially in the education
technology sector, render him a valuable member of the board.
Tracey D. Weber
Tracey D. Weber has served as a member of the board of directors since
July 2016. She is the Chief Client Officer and Vice President of
Transformation for IBM’s Cognitive Engagement business unit. Until April
of 2016, Ms. Weber was a Strategic Advisor for innovative online
shopping destination Gilt Groupe, where she formerly served as President
from February 2015 to February 2016 and Chief Operating Officer from
September 2013 to February 2015. She served as Managing Director, North
America Internet and Mobile and Global Product at Citibank, NA, a
multinational financial services corporation, from 2010 to 2013. Ms.
Weber has also previously served as Executive Vice President of Barnes
& Noble, Inc.’s textbooks and digital education division and has
held several leadership positions at Travelocity.com. From July 2013 to
March 2016, she served on the board of International Game Technology.
Ms. Weber’s leadership roles across a variety of consumer industries and
extensive digital operations experience enables her to provide the
Company with valuable guidance.