Cengage Learning, a leading educational content, software and services company, today announced the appointment of Kevin Stone as Executive Vice President and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. He will be based in Boston, MA, and will serve on the company’s executive team, reporting to Michael Hansen, Chief Executive Officer. Stone will be responsible for all aspects of Sales and Marketing across the company, which will be integrated into one team under his new leadership role.
“Kevin is a proven leader in the education business with an outstanding track record of delivering results and building world-class teams,” said Michael Hansen, Chief Executive Officer, Cengage Learning. “Since the beginning of his career, he has demonstrated an intense focus on the customer and a desire for innovation and strategic insight into the overall business. A passionate believer in the power of a unified go-to-market strategy, Kevin believes that every sales and marketing professional has the power to be their own CEO capable of driving transformation within the organization.”
“We are excited to welcome Kevin to Cengage Learning and believe that his values and work ethic align perfectly with our corporate mission and culture,” continued Hansen. “I have gotten to know Kevin as a straightforward and decisive executive, who is passionate about our customers and the people he works with. I am delighted to have an individual with Kevin’s stature as a key member of my Executive Team.”
Stone joins Cengage Learning from Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, where he served as Chief Sales Officer of the Higher Education unit since 2011. At Pearson, Stone played a strategic role in leading a sales team that consistently outperformed the industry over the last decade. In his 20+ years at Pearson, Stone gained invaluable experience in many aspects of publishing, education technology and higher education. During that time, he held positions in editorial, marketing, technology and sales, helping him to gain insight into the many working parts that join together to create a world class sales and marketing team. He holds an MBA from Boston University and a B.S. in Marketing from Oswego State University of New York.