David Levin (businessman)

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David Levin
Born 1963 (age 51–52)
Nationality British
Alma mater Wadham College, Oxford
Occupation President and CEO, McGraw-Hill Education

David Levin is a British businessman, currently the president and CEO of McGraw-Hill Education.[1][2] Since taking on this role in April 2014, he has continued to drive the company's ongoing transition from a traditional educational publisher to a full-spectrum digital education company, and he has been a vocal proponent of the use of digital and adaptive technology in education.[3] Prior to joining McGraw-Hill Education, Levin served as CEO of UBM plc.[4][5][6]

As a child, Levin lived in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe). His father was a political journalist, and in 1965, when Levin was two, the family were given a day to leave the country.[7] In consequence he has expressed his gratitude to the opportunities given him to him in his adopted country, and about the advantages of immigration.[7] He attended St Paul's School in London.[7] Levin has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University (1983), and an MBA from Stanford University (1984).

Levin succeeded Clive Hollick as the CEO of UBM plc on 5 April 2005. At UBM Levin set out to focus on building the business in emerging markets and live events, such as exhibitions, by buying smaller companies and selling print titles.[8][9] He also encouraged the company to use digital media and mobile technologies. In so doing, he warned repeatedly that media companies must adopt new business models as fast as possible.[10][11] Under his direction, UBM secured its position as one of the world's largest events businesses having expanded into new and emerging markets such as China, India, Brazil, Vietnam and Indonesia.[9] On 16 September 2013 UBM announced David Levin’s resignation as Chief Executive Officer.[12]

Prior to his time at UBM, Levin served as CEO of Symbian plc beginning in April 2002, when the company built the operating system[13] to power the first generation of smartphones.[7] He also held senior positions at Psion, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, Apax Partners, Universal Grinding Wheels of Stafford and Bain & Company.[5][6][7]

Levin is married to Lindsay Levin, the founder and managing partner of Leaders’ Quest, a social enterprise that brings together leaders from all disciplines and sectors to use their influence to create change. David and Lindsay have three sons.[7] He was on the finance committee of the Oxford University Press.[5] His mother, Leah Levin OBE, was a director of the human rights organisation JUSTICE.[14][15] His brother Jeremy Levin was recently named CEO of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries,[16] the largest company in Israel by market cap.


  1. ^ "McGraw-Hill Education names David Levin as CEO". Retrieved 2013-01-13. 
  2. ^ "United Business Media chief David Levin moves to McGraw-Hill". Financial Times. Retrieved 2013-01-13. 
  3. ^ "Dawn of education's digital age: CEO". Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  4. ^ Ashton, James (16 August 2013). "UBM benefit from emerging market spree". Evening Standard. London. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  5. ^ a b c "David Levin: Executive Profile & Biography - BusinessWeek". Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  6. ^ a b Tryhorn, Chris (17 December 2004). "UBM names Hollick successor". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Martinson, Jane (6 October 2006). "The Jane Martinson interview: United Business Media chief David Levin". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2010-03-07.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "guarint" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  8. ^ Sabbagh, Dan (29 July 2005). "’Influential reader’ brings a new vision to UBM empire". The Times. London. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  9. ^ a b Davoudi, Salamander (1 March 2011). "UBM benefit from emerging market spree". Financial Times. London. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  10. ^ Brummer, Alex (6 January 2010). "INTERVIEW: The pioneer searching for a digital future". This is Money. London. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  11. ^ Rushton, Katherine (26 February 2012). "David Levin: Print journalism? Software has eaten the business". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  12. ^ Cookson, Robert (16 September 2013). "Levin to step down as UBM chief". Financial Times. London. Retrieved 2013-09-17. 
  13. ^ "The fight for digital dominance". Economist. 21 November 2002. Retrieved 2015-10-20. 
  14. ^ "Martin Ennals Foundation - The Board". Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "International Alert – Our Trustees". Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  16. ^ Griver, Simon (17 May 2012). "Meet Jeremy Levin, the new head of drugs firm Teva". The Jewish Chronicle (London). Retrieved 2012-12-29. 

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