Cengage has appointed Michael Pickrum as chief financial officer, replacing John Leahy who steps down as planned after three years in the role.
Pickrum's most recent role was as chief strategy officer of edtech company EVERFI. Previously he served as c.f.o. and e.v.p. of business development and strategy at media and entertainment company BET Networks/VIACOM.
In his new post, effective from 20th November, he will oversee all financial planning and analysis for Cengage, reporting directly to c.e.o. Michael Hansen.
Hansen said: “I am thrilled that Michael Pickrum is joining Cengage at this pivotal moment in our company’s journey. His proven cross-functional financial management and business transformation background, as well as strategy and operations experience in media and education technology, make him an ideal fit for Cengage. His track record and business judgement make him an outstanding addition to our management team as we execute on the multi-year transformation of our business to become a true digital learning company."