Scholastic Names Haji Glover CFO; Ken Cleary Moves to International

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Haji Glover returns as CFO to Scholastic, following a short stint with Amazon. Ken Cleary takes up Scholastic’s international lead.

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By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

‘A Growth-Oriented Finance Leader’
With its current chief financial officer, Ken Cleary, moving to his role as president of international, Scholastic today (January 8) has announced that Haji Glover will succeed Cleary as executive vice-president and CFO, effective January 22.

In August, we reported that Beth Polcari, the former president of international, was moving to handle the company’s educational programs, and that Cleary would be moving into the international role.

Glover, now named CFO by Scholastic president and CEO Peter Warwick, is making a return to the company.

He has most recently been Amazon’s director of finance for the People Experience and Technology division, a post he filled in September 2022. Before that, he was  vice-president of corporate finance with Scholastic, between 2020 and 2022. He has previously worked with Lockheed Martin; Ford; Honeywell; and the Alvogen Group.

Peter Warwick

In making the announcement of Glover’s return, Warwick is quoted, saying, “After completing a robust search process, we’re pleased to appoint Haji Glover as Scholastic’s next CFO and key partner to me and the leadership team as we realize this company’s substantial long-term growth opportunity.

“Haji’s broad experience and proven track-record as a forward-looking, growth-oriented finance leader will be instrumental in driving growth and financial performance. As someone who knows Scholastic well, Haji is well positioned to drive change and impact here, using his experience and perspective.

‘I’d also like to thank Ken Cleary for his many years of contribution and leadership of Scholastic’s finance organization,” he says. “We look forward to Ken’s continued success as president of international, applying his deep knowledge of Scholastic’s domestic and international businesses.”

Haji Glover

Glover, in making a prepared statement on his return to Scholastic, says, “Scholastic is in the midst of an exciting transformation that’s a testament to Peter and the team’s commitment to delivering results and shareholder value, while continuing to invest in the future of the company.

“I look forward to partnering with this talented leadership team to help plan and execute this multi-year journey, building on Scholastic’s strong position for years to come.”

Ken Cleary

Glover will be a member of the company’s executive committee, and is to head up financial reporting, planning, and analysis; controllership; tax; and treasury. He’s to focus on facilitating growth across Scholastic’s leading businesses while supporting the company’s long-term strategy and capital allocation priorities.

Glover’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree from Lehigh University and an MBA from Binghamton University.

Cleary, now moving to complete his transition to the international lead, was made CFO in 2017, having joined Scholastic in 2008.

His background includes work as director of accounting with US Shipping Corporation; as an assistant controller with Hertz; and as an assistant controller with BASF.

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We’re unable to report the full range of the personnel changes flagged to us daily from many parts of the world because of the breadth of the field and the number of personnel changes being announced daily.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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