Cengage Announces Appointment of Gary Fortier as Chief People Officer
BOSTON, February 8, 2018 — Cengage, an education and technology company, today announced the appointment of Gary Fortier as Chief People Officer. The appointment comes on the heels of the company’s successful launch of Cengage Unlimited, the first-of-its kind subscription service, and signals continued investment in recruiting the best and brightest talent to support the company’s transition to digital.
“Our people are the engine behind our success and we remain focused on supporting them and our evolving culture,” said Michael Hansen, CEO, Cengage. “I am pleased to welcome Gary Fortier as our new Chief People Officer where he will apply his deep business and HR experience. His impressive track record in driving effective change includes a major focus on people and culture as key ingredients to effective business transformations.”
Based in the Boston headquarters, Gary will serve on the Executive Team and will be responsible for growing the Cengage employee culture in support of the company’s strategy. Gary most recently served as CEO for Vision Government Solutions, a Boston-based firm that provides land-parcel management software and services to municipalities, where he led a successful financial turnaround and organizational transformation.
Previously Gary was Chief Operating Officer for Raizlabs, one of the fastest growing mobile app development companies. At Raizlabs, Gary managed Culture, Communications and Organizational Design, along with M&A, and Strategy & Operations. Gary has served in operational, finance and HR leadership and executive-level roles at companies including GL Advisor, PowerAdvocate, and The Home Depot. Gary’s leadership experience stems from his time in the 82nd Airborne Division where he became a U.S. Army Ranger and jumpmaster.
Gary holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard University and an MBA, specializing in Finance and Management, from Columbia Business School.
Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. As the largest US-based provider of teaching and learning materials for higher ed, we offer valuable options at affordable price points. Our industry-leading initiatives include Cengage Unlimited, the first-of-its-kind all-access digital subscription service. We embrace innovation to create learning experiences that build confidence and momentum toward the future students want. Headquartered in Boston, Cengage also serves K-12, library and workforce training markets around the world.