NEW YORK, N.Y., April 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - 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), Mr. Michaels will begin his new job upon the closing of the proposed merger between parts of MSE and Springer Science+Business Media. He will report to John Sargent, Chief Executive Officer of Macmillan Publishers and Executive Board member of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group (HPG).

Commenting on the appointment, John Sargent said: "We all welcome Ken to this new role at Macmillan. He has done an outstanding job as COO of Macmillan Science and Education, and his talents are ideally suited to tackle the issues before us in the quickly evolving higher education market."

Ken 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. At Macmillan, we combine world class content with evolving technology to help instructors engage students and improve outcomes. 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."

Mr. Michaels joined Macmillan in 2013 from Hachette Book Group (HBG), where he was President and COO. Mr. Michaels is a former Chairman of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG). He previously held senior positions at The McGraw Hill Companies, in operational leadership roles in both the corporate and education groups.

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