Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced the appointment of New York Women’s Forum member Ellen Archer as President of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade Publishing. Archer will report directly to CEO Linda Zecher, who is a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum. Archer will drive the strategic growth and expansion of the Company’s consumer publishing business – home to iconic properties, brands and authors from Curious George to The Hobbit to CliffsNotes. Archer will assume the role currently held by President Gary Gentel, who will retire in 2016.
Ellen Archer will assume the role of President on December 7, 2015. 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. Most recently, Archer consulted for start-ups and non-profits, providing strategic advice in content development, marketing, and business planning.
On Archer’s appointment CEO Zecher said, “I’m thrilled that Ellen has agreed to join us as we continue to leverage the connection between our core education business and our consumer publishing business, expanding into new genres, further developing our brands and properties, and delivering content in new ways and to new audiences.”
“HMH is home to an incredibly rich collection of iconic assets and award-winning content,” said Archer. “I’m proud to join this team, to continue to grow and expand our offering for lifelong learners, and to help leverage these properties in new and exciting ways, driving inspiration and curiosity in the home, in the classroom, and beyond.”
(Source: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)