Michael Hansen is Chief Executive Officer of Cengage Group, a global edtech company providing affordable, quality digital products and services that enable student choice. Hansen has deep experience leading organizations through digital transformation. Under his leadership, the more than 100-year-old Cengage has transformed from a traditional print publisher into an education technology company advancing learning through quality digital experiences.
Prior to joining Cengage Group, Michael served in the CEO position in a variety of large media and information services companies. Earlier in his career, Michael was the lead partner and Chairman of the digital convergence practice at the Boston Consulting Group. He was named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business (2020) for his leadership tackling higher education affordability with the launch of Cengage Unlimited, the first all-access subscription platform for the course materials market. He’s twice been recognized as a top CEO by Glassdoor (2018 and 2019). Hansen is currently a member of the Business Advisory Council for ProPublica, an independent non-profit producer of investigative journalism. Hansen earned a Master of Law degree from the University of Bonn and a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University.