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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Strengthens Executive Team with New Senior Vice President of Digital Strategy


BOSTON – Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced the appointment of Dr. Nicole Melander as Senior Vice President of Digital Strategy. Reporting directly to President and CEO Linda Zecher, Dr. Melander will work closely with HMH’s content, marketing, alliances, and technology teams to align digital initiatives across the Company — from the expansion of HMH’s digital partner network to the growth of its social business and collaboration strategy. 

An accomplished business and academic leader in education and technology, Dr. Melander joins the Company from Achieving the Dream (ATD), a national reform network dedicated to community college student success and completion, where she served as Chief Technology Officer. The nonprofit focuses primarily on helping low-income and minority students earn market-valued credentials. Prior to joining ATD, Dr. Melander held education and technology leadership positions at Deloitte Consulting, Microsoft and Oracle. In the academic world, she taught on the topics of collaboration technology and social media for business at American University where she won the campuswide “Teaching with Technology Award.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Nicole to HMH.  As an experienced digital consultant and the original architect of Oracle’s Education Initiatives platform strategy, she is a seasoned technology leader with a wealth of expertise in our industry,” said Linda K. Zecher, President and CEO. “This new role further underlines HMH’s commitment to the transformation of the learning experience through thoughtful and strategic digital innovation.”

Dr. Melander holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from West Chester University, a Master of Science degree in technical management from Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD in information technology from George Mason University.


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 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