Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Richard Robinson has been President of Scholastic Inc. since 1974, Chief Executive Officer since 1975 and was elected to the position of Chairman of the Board in 1982. Under Richard Robinson’s leadership, Scholastic has become the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, a leader in educational technology and services and a force in the digital world of children’s media and ecommerce. With annual revenue of nearly $2 billion, the Company sells one out of every two children’s books purchased in the U.S. through school-based Book Clubs and Book Fairs, the Company’s ereading app specifically designed for kids, Storia, retail outlets and online. During Mr. Robinson’s tenure, Scholastic has launched such successful and wildly popular series as Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Goosebumps and the groundbreaking, multi-platform The 39 Clues and Infinity Ring. In spring 2013, Scholastic launch six groundbreaking educational technology programs built for the Common Core, including instructional programs Math 180, iRead, System 44 Next Generation, Read 180 for the iPad, Code X, and a professional development program, nextpert. Internationally, Mr. Robinson has driven Scholastic’s global expansion in the 13 countries where the company has operations and has increased export to an additional 135 countries in 45 different languages.
Mr. Robinson has received numerous honors for his outstanding career, including Publishing Innovator of the Year in 2011, the UJA-Federation For the Love of Reading Award, The Creative Coalition Spotlight Award, and the Robin Hood Foundation’s John F. Kennedy, Jr. Corporate Hero Award in recognition of his efforts to improve literacy.