NEW YORK, Nov. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Veteran business journalist Jill Bennett joins Linda Zecher, CEO, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [HMHC], to discuss the company's industry, strategy, financials and positioning.

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Linda Zecher, President & CEO:

Linda K. Zecher joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in September 2011 as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director, bringing with her a strong track record of business transformation and results. Her extensive sales, marketing and technology experience contribute to her ability to successfully lead HMH's transformation into a global leader in educational content and media. Previously, Ms. Zecher served as Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's $8 billion Worldwide Public Sector organization. She led a team of nearly 2000 sales and marketing professionals serving government, education and healthcare in more than 100 countries. Under her leadership, this sector delivered eight years of consistent growth and received the Microsoft Industry of the Year Award for three consecutive years.

Prior to joining Microsoft in 2003, Ms. Zecher held leadership positions with Texas Instruments, Bank of America, PeopleSoft, Oracle and Evolve Corp. In each role, she led major change. At PeopleSoft she helped develop sales and marketing capabilities which contributed to revenue growth from $500,000 to over $35 million in three years, resulting in a successful IPO. As CEO of Evolve she managed changes leading to the company's acquisition.

Ms. Zecher has served on numerous boards including the Intelligence National Security Association (INSA), U.S. State Department's Board for Overseas Schools and the James Madison University's Board of Visitors. She currently serves on the Board of Cradles to Crayons.

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [HMHC]:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Nasdaq:HMHC) is a global learning company with the mission of changing people's lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. Among the world's largest providers of pre-K–12 education solutions and one of its longest-established publishing houses, HMH combines cutting-edge research, editorial excellence and technological innovation to improve teaching and learning environments and solve complex literacy and education challenges. HMH's interactive, results-driven education solutions are utilized by 50 million students in over 150 countries, and its renowned and awarded novels, non-fiction, children's books and reference works are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. For more information, visit www.hmhco.com.

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