Ken Michaels has been appointed chief executive officer of Macmillan Higher Education and Macmillan New Ventures.
Currently the global chief operating officer of Macmillan Science and Education (MSE), Michaels will begin his new job upon the closing of the proposed merger between parts of MSE and Springer Science+Business Media.
Macmillan New Ventures and the US higher education business (Bedford, Freeman, Worth) are among the parts of Macmillan Science and Education which are not included in the merger. Also not part of the merger are Digital Science and Digital Education, Holtzbrinck Ventures and Holtzbrinck Digital, Information and Services; and Macmillan Publishers, the global consumer books division of Holtzbrinck, including Holtzbrinck Deutsche Buchverlage and J B Metzler.
Michaels will report to John Sargent, chief executive officer of Macmillan Publishers and Executive Board member of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.
Commenting on the appointment, Sargent said: “We all welcome Ken to this new role at Macmillan. He has done an outstanding job as c.o.o of MSE, and his talents are ideally suited to tackle the issues before us in the quickly evolving higher education market”.
Michaels added: “We have a deep obligation to improve learning outcomes for this generation and the generations to come. We need to help define the way people teach, learn, and share information in the future. I look forward to bringing all my experience to bear as we continue to become a more agile, customer-centric and technology-enabled set of businesses.”
Michaels joined Macmillan in 2013 from Hachette Book Group, where he was president and c.o.o. He is a former chairman of the Book Industry Study Group and previously held senior positions at The McGraw Hill Companies in operational leadership roles in both the corporate and education groups.