Maureen O’Connell served as Executive Vice President, CFO and CAO of Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL). She overlooked all the administrative functions within the company, including strategic planning, business development, global operations, IT, finance and human resources.

O’Connell began her career in public accounting and then moved to publishing as Director of Accounting at Primedia. She soon became the head of finance with operating responsibilities at Newfield Publications, another subsidiary of Primedia which included the Weekly Reader business. She later became CFO of the subsidiary, Newbridge Communications, which runs professional book clubs, including teacher clubs, and supplemental educational publishing. Eight years later, she moved to Bertelsmann Music Group in the direct marketing area and would later become CFO of Publishers Clearing House.

From 2000 to 2002, Maureen served as CFO of Barnes & Noble. She then went on to join Gartner Inc., a leading technology research and advisory firm. As CFO/CAO of Gartner Inc., she was responsible for global administrative and financial functions. Later as President and COO of Gartner Inc., she oversaw all business performance, including sales, marketing and operations. Prior to joining Scholastic, O’Connell served as CFO of Affinion Group Inc., a direct marketing firm.

Maureen has been an integral part of Scholastic since 2007. She utilized her strong finance and operations background, built from her previous publishing & direct marketing experience, in the $2 billion global children’s publishing, education & media company. Since joining the company, she has partnered with all business units resulting in better aligned support functions. The company-wide budgeting, capital allocation processes and forecasting have vastly improved under her expertise. The development of a pricing strategy across the business units was also led by O’Connell. She guided the company to an increase in efficiencies and reduced costs by over $40 million in operations, finance, supply chain, IT and benefits. Due to her efforts, all supply chain, purchasing & manufacturing activities across the company are now centralized. O’Connell created an integrated strategic and financial planning process, including the development of 3 year plans by business.

O’Connell’s contribution has been remarkable. She has strategically retired some IT systems & invested in new technologies. This has helped Scholastic’s transition to digital publishing, marketing and distribution of children’s books and educational materials, an increasingly important component of book publishing in this day and age.

Business Experience

  • Present2007

    Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer

    Scholastic Inc. (NASDAQ:SCHL), New York, NY

  • 20062005

    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    Affinion Group, Inc., Norwalk, CT

  • 20042003

    President and Chief Operating Officer

    Gartner, Inc. (NYSE:IT), Stamford, CT

  • 20032002

    EVP, Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

    Gartner, Inc. (NYSE:IT), Stamford, CT

  • 20022002

    Executive Vice President – Finance

    Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS), New York, NY

  • 20022000

    Chief Financial Officer

    Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS), New York, NY

  • 20001998

    Chief Financial Officer & Vice President

    Publishers Clearing House, Port Washington, NY

  • 19981997

    Senior Vice President of Finance & Marketing Analysis

    BMG Direct, New York, NY

  • 19971995

    Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President

    Newbridge Communications, Inc. (a Primedia company), New York, NY

  • 19951993

    Chief Financial Officer

    Newfield Publications Inc. (a Primedia company), Shelton, CT

  • 19931993

    Director of Financial Planning & Strategic Analysis

    Primedia Corporate, New York, NY

  • 19921992

    Assistant Controller

    Primedia Corporate, New York, NY

  • 19911991

    Director of Accounting

    Primedia Corporate, New York, NY

  • 19901990

    Accounting Manager

    Primedia Corporate, New York, NY

  • 19901988

    Manager of Special Projects reporting to CFO

    Equitable Financial Companies, New York, NY

  • 19881985

    Audit Supervisor

    Cooper’s & Lybrand, New York, NY

Board Experience

  • Present2013

    Director and Audit Committee Chair

    Sucampo Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:SCMP)

  • 20072002

    Director and appointed Audit Committee Chair

    Beazer Homes USA, Inc. (NYSE:BZH)

Education & Certifications

  • BS 1985

    Accounting & Economics

    Stern School of Business, New York University

  • PA

    Certified Public Accountant

    New York State