Former president of Macmillan Brian Napack will join Wiley as president and ceo, starting December 4. He has been senior advisor for private equity firm Providence Equity Partners since 2012, and serves on the boards of companies including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Ingram, Blackboard, and Recorded Books. He will “will transition off certain of these boards. “
Interim ceo since Mark Allin resigned in May for family reasons Matthew Kissner will remain as chairman of Wiley’s board. He says: “After a thorough and thoughtful search, the Board of Directors unanimously agreed on Brian as the type of proven leader that can drive our continuous evolution as the trusted, innovative partner that our customers rely on to deliver the critical content, tools and services that they need to meet their goals. Brian has the deep industry experience, the passion for our business, and the leadership ability to get us there.”
Director Jesse Wiley adds, “Brian Napack brings years of proven success navigating digital change and driving innovation in publishing, media, and education. In our 210th year of advancing knowledge and learning, we welcome his energy, direction, and leadership as well as his passion for our mission and the customers we serve.”
Separately, McGraw-Hill Education ceo David Levin is leaving the company. Lloyd “Buzz” Waterhouse returns to the company as interim president and chief executive officer. He was president and ceo of MHE from June 2012 to April 2014, overseeing the separate from from McGraw-Hill Financial.
Annie Gardner joins Random House Children’s as associate email marketing manager. She previously worked for 24Seven as senior demand generation coordinator.