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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt names interim CEO

Houghton Mifflin HarcourtEducation company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced that president and CEO Linda K. Zecher has resigned from her roles and from the board.
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A proven executive with 25 years in the technology and public sector markets, Ms. Zecher previously served as a Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, heading the company’s Worldwide Public Sector business.

Prior to joining Microsoft in 2003, Ms. Zecher held a variety of roles with several technology market leaders. She joined PeopleSoft as the ninth employee in the role of Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Ms. Zecher later joined Oracle as Senior Vice President with responsibility for Oracle's Application Suite in Public Sector, Higher Education, Healthcare, Telecommunications, Financial Services and Utilities markets. Upon leaving Oracle, she was named CEO of Evolve Corp.

The Company Board of Directors has appointed L. Gordon Crovitz as interim CEO.

Mr. Crovitz has served as a member of the board of directors since August 2012 and Interim Chief Executive Officer since September 2016.

From 1980-2007 Mr. Crovitz held a number of positions with Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal culminating in his role as Executive Vice President for Dow Jones and Publisher of The Wall Street Journal.

He was co-founder of e-commerce software company Press+ in 2009.

Mr. Crovitz serves on the Board of Directors at Dunn & Bradstreet, Marin Software, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Business Insider, and Blurb. He is on the board of the American Association of Rhodes Scholars.

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