Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Establishes New K-12 Division


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has announced the establishment of a new division aimed at serving the K-12 education market.

The new division combines five former stand-alone divisions, including School Publishers, Holt McDougal, Supplemental Publishers, Heinemann, and International Publishers. The move is intended to help the company streamline its overall business operations, as well as enhance customer relations.

"Since acquiring Harcourt we have undertaken a great deal of integration activity to become one company," said Tony Lucki, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Chairman and CEO, in a prepared statement. "As we approach the one-year anniversary as a single company, we are now shifting from integration to transformation--transforming our business and processes to enable Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to drive highly strategic product development, marketing, and sales, and to better respond to the demands and opportunities of the global educational marketplace."

According to the company, former School Publishers President Mike Lavelle will head the new K-12 business.

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