David Levin has extensive experience in media, publishing, education and technology, having spent 20 years as the CEO of four global companies, leading them through cycles of innovation, business model evolution, geographic reorientation and cultural renewal, and more than 100 transactions.
Mr. Levin currently serves as Chair of SparkBeyond, an AI based decision support and hypothesis engine and is the University Entrepreneur in Residence at Arizona State University. He also serves on the board of COFRA Holdings, a family holding company with investments across property, private equity and retail and acts as an advisor to a select group of Tech and Ed Tech businesses worldwide. From 2014 to 2017 Mr. Levin was President and CEO of McGraw-Hill Education, where he was pivotal in the transition from a traditional educational publisher to a full-spectrum digital education company. Before McGraw-Hill, he served for nine years as the CEO of UBM, a listed B2B media group, later acquired by Informa. From 2002 to 2005 Mr. Levin served as CEO of Symbian Software, an innovative UK and Sweden based software group where he was responsible for the development of the operating system that powered the first 100 million smartphones. Prior to Symbian, he spent three years as CEO of Psion PLC, a listed London based consumer and business technology company. From 1994 to 1999 Mr. Levin held several roles including CFO and COO for Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, having previously spent four years at Apax Partners in London and acting as MD to a European portfolio engineering company. Mr. Levin started his business career with Bain & Company after having served previously as a Second Lieutenant in the British Army’s Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.