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[July 24, 2014]

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Appoints Bridgett Paradise as Head of Human Resources

BOSTON --(Business Wire)--

Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced the appointment of Bridgett Paradise as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Chief People Officer. Reporting directly to CEO Linda Zecher, Paradise will be responsible for HMH's diverse and passionate workforce as the Company continues to evolve as a digital leader. Her role will encompass human resources strategy and policy, including talent management and acquisition, organizational design and employee benefits, across the Company's network of twenty offices worldwide.

Paradise joins HMH from Microsoft (News - Alert) Corp., where she most recently held the role of General Manager, Human Resources for the Worldwide Services division, with responsibility for 22,000 employees. Paradise brings extensive experience in HR strategy, recruitment, organizational development and business analysis developed over her twenty-year tenure at Microsoft, including several senior roles at national and international level. Previously, Paradise led human resources at Government Technology Systems Integrations (GTSI).

"I'm delighted to welcome Bridgett to this vital role at HMH. This appointment represents our unwavering commitment to best-in-class talent as we expand and diversify as a global learning company," said HMH Chief Executive Officer Linda Zecher. "Bridgett brings unparalleled experience and expertise in talent management and employee engagement, skills essential to the contiued development of our greatest asset - our employees."


Paradise holds an MSc in Human Resource Management from Marymount University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor's degree in Business Communications from Catawba College.

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company with the mission of changing people's lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. Among the world's largest providers of pre-K-12 education solutions and one of its longest-established publishing houses, HMH combines cutting-edge research, editorial excellence and technological innovation to improve teaching and learning environments and solve complex literacy and education challenges. HMH's interactive, results-driven education solutions are utilized by more than 50 million students in over 150 countries, and its renowned and awarded novels, non-fiction, children's books and reference works are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. For more information, visit www.hmhco.com.

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