David Levin (businessman)

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David Levin
Born 1963 (age 53–54)
Nationality British
Alma mater Wadham College, Oxford
Spouse(s) Lindsay
Children 3

David Levin (born 1963) is a British businessman. As the president and CEO of McGraw-Hill Education from 2014-2017, Mr. Levin sought to drive the company's ongoing transition from a traditional educational publisher to a full-spectrum digital education company.[1][2][3] He has been a vocal proponent of the use of digital and adaptive technology in education.[4] Prior to joining McGraw-Hill Education, Levin served as CEO of UBM plc.[5][6][7]

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.[8] In consequence he has expressed his gratitude to the opportunities given him to him in his adopted country, and about the advantages of immigration.[8] He attended St Paul's School in London.[8] Levin has a degree in Philosophy, Politics 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.[9][10] 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.[11][12] 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.[10] On 16 September 2013 UBM announced David Levin’s resignation as Chief Executive Officer.[13]

Prior to his time at UBM, Levin served as CEO of Symbian plc beginning in April 2002, when the company built the operating system[14] to power the first generation of smartphones.[8] He also held senior positions at Psion, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, Apax Partners, Universal Grinding Wheels of Stafford and Bain & Company.[6][7][8]

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.[8] He was on the finance committee of the Oxford University Press.[6] His mother, Leah Levin OBE, was a director of the human rights organisation JUSTICE.[15][16] His brother Jeremy Levin was named CEO of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries in 2012,[17] the largest company in Israel by market cap. He was replaced by Erez Vigodman.


  1. ^ "McGraw-Hill Education names David Levin as CEO". Yahoo. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "United Business Media chief David Levin moves to McGraw-Hill". Financial Times. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "McGraw-Hill Education Appoints Lloyd "Buzz" Waterhouse Interim President & CEO". Retrieved 22 October 2017. 
  4. ^ "Dawn of education's digital age: CEO". CNBC. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Ashton, James (16 August 2013). "UBM benefit from emerging market spree". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "David Levin: Executive Profile & Biography - BusinessWeek". Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Tryhorn, Chris (17 December 2004). "UBM names Hollick successor". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f Martinson, Jane (6 October 2006). "United Business Media chief David Levin". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  9. ^ Sabbagh, Dan (29 July 2005). "'Influential reader' brings a new vision to UBM empire". The Times. London. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Davoudi, Salamander (1 March 2011). "UBM benefit from emerging market spree". Financial Times. London. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  11. ^ Brummer, Alex (6 January 2010). "INTERVIEW: The pioneer searching for a digital future". This is Money. London. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  12. ^ Rushton, Katherine (26 February 2012). "David Levin: Print journalism? Software has eaten the business". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  13. ^ Cookson, Robert (16 September 2013). "Levin to step down as UBM chief". Financial Times. London. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "The fight for digital dominance". The Economist. 21 November 2002. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "Martin Ennals Foundation - The Board". Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "International Alert – Our Trustees". Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  17. ^ Griver, Simon (17 May 2012). "Meet Jeremy Levin, the new head of drugs firm Teva". The Jewish Chronicle. London. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 

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