William D. Rieders Named Executive Vice President of Cengage Learning
New position to focus on growth strategies and business integration
Stamford, CT 01/03/2008
Cengage Learning, one of the world’s largest providers of print and digital information services for the educational and library reference markets, has appointed William D. Rieders executive vice president of Cengage Learning.
Mr. Rieders will be based in the company's corporate headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut and will report directly to Ronald Dunn, CEO and president of Cengage Learning. As a member of the Cengage Learning Executive Committee, Mr. Rieders will initially focus efforts on growth strategies and the integration of the recently acquired Houghton Mifflin College Division into the existing Cengage Learning operations.
"Through prior work with Thomson Learning, now Cengage Learning, and with other companies in the education field, including some of the most successful for-profit education companies, Bill has developed a deep understanding of our business and our customers," said Mr. Dunn. "I am confident that he will make a major contribution to our future success and am very excited to welcome him to Cengage Learning."
Mr. Rieders was most recently a Partner of The Parthenon Group, a leading global strategy consulting firm. While at Parthenon, Mr. Rieders advised numerous clients across industries, including information publishing, education, and private equity. While at Parthenon, Mr. Rieders was an advisor to Thomson Learning (now Cengage Learning) and played a significant role in improving the overall growth and profitability of the business.
In addition, Mr. Rieders has been instrumental in transforming a variety of information businesses, including healthcare, scientific, intellectual property, legal, and tax. In this capacity, Mr. Rieders successfully developed new electronic business models, identified adjacent markets, built strategies, and supported implementation efforts.
Prior to The Parthenon Group, Mr. Rieders was a manager with the Analysis Group (Integral), a management consulting firm focused on developing innovative growth strategies. Mr. Rieders holds a BA from Connecticut College, and an MBA/MSIA from Carnegie Mellon University.
Cengage Learning, formerly Thomson Learning, delivers highly customized learning solutions for colleges, universities, professors, students, reference centers, government agencies, corporations and professionals around the world. These solutions are delivered through specialized content, applications and services that foster academic excellence and professional development, as well as provide measurable learning outcomes to its customers. Cengage Learning's existing company and imprint brands include Heinle, Gale, Wadsworth, Delmar Learning, Brooks/Cole and South-Western, among others. For more information on Cengage Learning please visit www.cengage.com.