Cliff Rotenberg to Lead HMH Studios at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


BOSTON  – Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced the appointment of Cliff Rotenberg as Senior Vice President of HMH Studios. Reporting to Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs Mary Cullinane, Rotenberg will provide strategic direction and leadership for HMH’s content development process within a new and integrated development model, designed to build quality educational content for a digital age. 

HMH Studios include four individual but integrated hubs of activity, or studios: Learning Architecture, Design, Build, and New Markets.  Within this model, Rotenberg will drive a cross-functional, collaborative team dedicated to developing dynamic, engaging, research-based content, across multiple mediums. As part of his role, Rotenberg will oversee the New Markets Studio, responsible for content development within targeted growth areas for the Company, including international and consumer markets and the integration of partner technologies.

“As we transform into a Content 2.0 organization, Cliff’s appointment represents our unwavering dedication to quality content, regardless of the medium in which it is delivered,” said Mary Cullinane, Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs.  “We are proud to welcome Cliff to the team at such an important juncture for HMH. His expertise in the areas of organizational transition, efficiencies and workflow will enable us to take our development process to the next level.”

Rotenberg most recently worked at Reed Elsevier, where in his last role, he led strategy, business development, and operational optimization efforts for Elsevier Education. Previously, Rotenberg developed a broad range of strategic, operational, and advisory experience in the information and media space as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and the boutique firm Handshake Dynamics. As a former Deputy Chief Policy Advisor to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, he has also amassed significant public policy and political strategy experience. Rotenberg holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In recent weeks, HMH also welcomed Morgan Curran to the Company as Vice President of the Design Studio, responsible for driving an integrated user experience for all HMH products.  Reporting to Cliff Rotenberg, Curran was previously Vice President and Group Director of Experience Design at global marketing and technology agency, Digitas.


About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company with the mission of changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. Among the world’s largest providers of pre-K–12 education solutions and one of its longest-established publishing houses, HMH combines cutting-edge research, editorial excellence and technological innovation to improve teaching and learning environments and solve complex literacy and education challenges. HMH’s interactive, results-driven education solutions are utilized by more than 50 million students in over 150 countries, and its renowned and awarded novels, non-fiction, children's books and reference works are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. For more information, visit

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