Kate Geraghty

Macmillan Learning Appoints Chelsea Valentine as Chief Technology Officer

Blog Post created by Kate Geraghty Employee on Apr 27, 2017

Appointment Signals Accelerated Innovation for Education Company

New York, NY & Austin, TX, April 27, 2017 - Macmillan Learning, a leading education solutions company, today announced the appointment of Chelsea Valentine as Chief Technology Officer. Ms. Valentine will play a key role in shaping the company’s technology agenda and future digital vision. She will report directly to Macmillan Learning Chief Executive Officer, Ken Michaels.

“We continue to see increased demand for more personalized teaching and learning pathways, data-driven decision making, and open architecture on college campuses,” said Mr. Michaels. “Chelsea brings a unique blend of skillsets and experience to drive innovative, flexible solutions for today’s educational challenges. She has the foundational discipline for the governance and scale necessary in our increasingly digital world.”

Ms. Valentine brings over 20 years of experience in technology, publishing, and education. As a published author of over a dozen books on web application development and a former adjunct professor, she brings a unique perspective as both an educator and technology leader. Ms. Valentine joined Macmillan in 2013 to lead product development for Sapling Learning, a division of Macmillan. In 2015, Ms. Valentine took leadership of the technology and engineering vision for the Macmillan team and has since revolutionized the company's architectural approach and roadmap.

“Chelsea’s expertise has been a game-changer,” said Managing Director, Susan Winslow. “Her collaboration with our Learning Science and Insights and Product Development teams has been instrumental to the creation of tools that most effectively drive positive student outcomes.”

Speaking about the importance of working in education, Ms. Valentine noted, “I have spent my career focused on education. I am thrilled to join this team and honored to support Macmillan Learning’s vision. This company has an impressive history of innovation and educational leadership. There is tremendous room to maximize the opportunities in education with our digital solutions. Most importantly, at Macmillan, our teams are not only working on bleeding-edge innovation every single day, we also all understand that what we do here every day matters.”

“Chelsea’s appointment is a key component to our strategy at Macmillan Learning as we continue toward our goals of innovation, operational excellence and improving lives through learning,” said Mr. Michaels. “She will be a key high impact player for our customers moving forward.”

Ms. Valentine will be based in the company’s Austin, TX office.

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About Macmillan Learning
Macmillan Learning improves lives through learning. Our legacy of excellence in education continues to inform our approach to developing world-class content with pioneering, interactive tools. Through deep partnership with the world’s best researchers, educators, administrators, and developers, we facilitate teaching and learning opportunities that spark student engagement and improve outcomes. We provide educators with tailored solutions designed to inspire curiosity and measure progress. Our commitment to teaching and discovery upholds our mission to improve lives through learning. To learn more, please visit our website or see us on Facebook, Twitter, or join our Macmillan Community.

Macmillan Learning has offices in Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Hamilton, NJ; Los Altos, CA; Plymouth, MI; New York, NY and Springfield, MO.