INTERIM PRESIDENT & CEO
HIGHER EDUCATION & INTERNATIONAL GROUPS
Simon Allen was named Interim CEO of McGraw-Hill in October 2019, leading the company while it plans for its expected merger with Cengage Learning in early 2020. While serving as Interim CEO, Simon continues in his role as President of McGraw-Hill's International Group (appointed in March 2018) and Higher Education Group (appointed in February 2019). As the leader of McGraw-Hill’s International group, he is responsible for a business that provides content, educational services and customized learning solutions in more than 75 languages to K-12 schools and higher education institutions in more than 100 countries outside of the United States. As the leader of the Higher Education Group, he oversees an organization that delivers curated content and digital learning solutions designed to help students succeed in the classrooms of more than 250,000 college instructors across the U.S.
Simon has deep experience in educational publishing having led large teams across six continents focused on K-12 and higher education, as well as science, technical and medical digital and print products for professional, governmental and institutional markets. Before joining McGraw-Hill, he was the CEO of Macmillan Education, leading the company’s transition from print to blended learning products and solutions. Previously, he was Senior Vice President, International at The McGraw-Hill Companies and during that time was elected President of The Publishers Association in the U.K., serving for three years on its council. Before that, Simon was President, Higher Education at both Pearson Education EMEA and Prentice Hall Europe. Earlier in his career, he held sales leadership roles with the Times Mirror Group in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.
Simon received his BA with honors from Middlesex University School of Business and completed Executive Education programs in Leadership and Strategic Management at the London Business School.