Boston, MA, Nov. 18, 2014 — John Leahy has been appointed Chief Financial Officer for Cengage Learning, a leading global education company, to lead the Company's financial management team. Based in Boston, John will lead all financial activity for Cengage Learning and will report to the Chief Executive Officer Michael Hansen as part of the Executive Team, effective December 1st.
"I am very pleased to welcome John to Cengage Learning and look forward to his leadership of our newly reestablished financial management team at this important time in our company's transformation," said Michael Hansen, Chief Executive Officer, Cengage Learning. "With this key hire, we have a strong senior financial management team in place and we look forward to John's leadership to seek opportunities for growth and to ensure our overall financial health. He has an extensive background leading financial operations and his experience will serve us well."
John most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Care.com, the world's largest online marketplace for finding and managing family care, where he helped lead its successful Initial Public Offering this past January. Previously, John served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of iRobot, a pure play robotics firm which develops and markets consumer and defense products, and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Keane, Inc., which provided business consulting and outsourcing services to Fortune 1000 companies. He spent the first part of his career with PepsiCo in a variety of domestic and international management assignments over 17-years, including Vice President, Global Strategic Planning and M&A. John holds a B.S. in Finance from Merrimack College and an M.B.A from the Boston College Graduate School of Management.
Other recent strategic hires in the finance function include Bob Gibney, Chief Accounting Officer and Senior Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis; Frank Vari, Senior Vice President, Tax; and Richard Veith, Senior Vice President, Treasurer.
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Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide. The company provides superior content, personalized services and course-driven digital solutions that accelerate student engagement and transform the learning experience. Cengage Learning is headquartered in Boston, MA with operations in more than 20 countries around the world. www.cengage.com.