Executive Leadership

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s mission is to change people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. Meet the HMH executives who are leading the charge.

L. Gordon Crovitz

Interim Chief Executive Officer

L. Gordon CrovitzL. Gordon Crovitz has served as a member of the board of directors since August 2012 and Interim Chief Executive Officer since September 2016. 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 Dunn & 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.


Joe Abbott

Chief Financial Officer

Joe AbbottJoe joined HMH from Morgan Stanley where as an investment banker in the Global Media and Communications Group he 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, Abbott 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 M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management and a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy.


William Bayers

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Bill BayersBill 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.




Ellen Archer

President, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade Publishing

Ellen ArcherEllen 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, Archer 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 over 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 BA in English Literature from Hamilton College, Clinton, NY.


Brook Colangelo

Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Brook ColangeloBrook joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in January 2013 from the White House, where he held the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO) since 2009. With over ten years’ experience in technology strategy and implementation, Brook joined the White House team in 2008 to spearhead the Obama-Biden transition project. Prior to that, he held several senior IT leadership roles, including within the Democratic National Convention Committee, The American Red Cross’ Hurricane Recovery Program and QRS Newmedia. Brook holds an honors degree in Political Communications from The George Washington University.



Mary Cullinane

Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President, Product Planning, Development and Marketing

Mary CullinaneMary is HMH’s first Chief Content Officer. She has led the transformation of the company’s content development capability, bringing a unique combination of education and business experience. Prior to joining HMH in 2012, Mary spent ten years spearheading Microsoft′s education-related innovation programs and initiatives worldwide, including its national 1:1 access programs and its groundbreaking School of the Future in Philadelphia. With another decade of experience as an educator, Director of Technology and administrator in the public sector, Mary is a recognized thought leader in the area of education reform and the effective use of technology. She has testified before the U.S. Congress, and co- authored the book What Next?, which documents lessons learned during the building of the School of the Future. Mary holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from The College of New Jersey. Mary is a member of the board of the Boston Children's Museum.


Martin Davy

Chief Platform Architect and Executive Vice President, Engineering

Martin DavyMartin joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2016 as HMH’s first-ever Chief Platform Architect and Executive Vice President of Engineering. With over 20 years of experience in design, development and delivery of industry-leading distributed applications, Martin is responsible for all of HMH’s platform development, and provides engineering leadership throughout the organization. Prior to joining HMH, Martin was Vice President of Worldwide Product Engineering for software company Pegasystems, where he led the engineering and development operations aspects of the Pega platform. Previously Martin held a variety of technology leadership roles, including Senior Vice President for Fidelity Investments’ Asset Management division. Martin holds a Master of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England.


Rose Else-Mitchell

Executive Vice President, Professional Services

EVP, Professional Services Rose Else-MitchellRose joined HMH as part of the Company’s acquisition of Scholastic’s Educational Technology and Services business in May 2015. Now as EVP of Professional Services, Rose leads HMH’s newly formed Professional Services division, which combines all of the Company's services offerings into a single, industry-leading Professional Services organization. Most recently at Scholastic, Rose was Executive Vice President of K-12 US & Global Product Development, responsible for the company’s edtech product strategy and development. Rose joined Scholastic in 2000 and held several positions within the company in her 15 year tenure, including Senior Vice President and Publisher and Vice President of Professional Services. Rose began her career as an English teacher for middle and high school. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Sydney in Australia and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oxford, U.K. Rose is a Board member of the Institute of Play, based in New York City.


CJ Kettler

Executive Vice President, Chief of Consumer Brands and Strategy

CJ KettlerCJ Kettler joined HMH in 2014 as CEO of Channel One News following HMH’s acquisition of the company.  Now as Executive Vice President and Chief of Consumer Brands and Strategy, CJ is responsible for the strategic development of HMH’s consumer product portfolio. Prior to joining Channel One News, CJ was a Partner at Propeller Partners, LLC where she acted as a strategic consultant for large media companies and investors in the digital sector. As an entrepreneur, CJ was the Founder and CEO of LIME, the first multi-channel “green lifestyle” brand, now part of Gaiam’s family of healthy lifestyle websites. CJ has also held leadership roles at Travelzoo, Oxygen Media, Solera Capital, MTV Networks, and CBS. CJ holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College, and serves on a variety of boards in the digital media space, including as chairman of the board at Healthychild.org.


Margery Mayer

Executive Vice President, Intervention Solutions

Margery MayerMargery joined HMH as part of the Company’s acquisition of Scholastic’s Educational Technology and Services business in May 2015. A pioneer in the development of research-based educational technology programs, Margery was previously President of Scholastic Education, where she led the development of groundbreaking intervention programs such as READ 180®, System 44®, and MATH 180™. In 2012, she was inducted into the Association of Educational Publishing Hall of Fame.  Margery is on the board of Public Prep Charter Schools in New York City.




Bridgett Paradise

Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Chief People Officer

Bridgett ParadiseBridgett Paradise joined HMH in 2014. As Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Chief People Officer, Bridgett is responsible for human resources strategy and policy, including talent management and acquisition, organizational design and employee benefits, across the Company’s network of offices worldwide. Bridgett joined HMH from Microsoft Corp., where she most recently held the role of General Manager, Human Resources for the Worldwide Services division, with responsibility for 22,000 employees. Bridgett brings extensive experience in HR strategy, recruitment, organizational development and business analysis developed over her twenty-year tenure at Microsoft, including several senior roles at national and international level. Bridgett holds a Master’s of Science in Human Resource Management from Marymount University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Communications from Catawba College.


Lee Ramsayer

Executive Vice President, Global Sales & Field Marketing

Lee RamsayerBefore 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.