Christian Luedtke appointed Senior Vice President, New Ventures & Innovation at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

DUBLIN, Ireland — February 21, 2011 — Global education leader, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), is delighted to announce that Christian Luedtke has been appointed Senior Vice President of New Ventures & Innovation. The New Ventures & Innovation group is focused on unlocking new possibilities for learning, working with entrepreneurs, educators, students, communities and business leaders to marshal the resources, talent and experiences to reach every student, and inspire the next generation of education.

In his new position, Christian will lead the development of a strategic framework for the New Ventures & Innovation team as well as developing the approach for the ongoing management of a portfolio of new high growth potential opportunities. In addition he will define and implement a framework for investment recommendations.

Fiona O′Carroll, Executive Vice President & General Manager, New Ventures & Innovation Group commented, “We are delighted to welcome Christian on board the New Ventures & Innovation Group. Christian’s wealth of experience will help us further harness innovative technology and education resources to create individualised learning solutions that will raise achievement in our classrooms, student by student.”

Christian joins HMH from Scoyo, a start-up web-based learning platform for children in the Bertelsmann Group, where he was Founder, Deputy Managing Director and Vice President of Content & Production. Prior to this, Christian worked with Bertelsmann AG, Europe's largest media company, where he held the position of Vice President of Corporate Development.

Christian holds a Masters in Economics from University of Essen and a PhD in Economics from Braunschweig University of Technology.

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