• Sanoma Learning

    Here to help all students reach their potential

Our learning products and services enable teachers to develop the talents of every child to reach their full potential. We offer printed and digital learning materials as well as digital learning and teaching platforms for K12, ie primary, secondary and vocational education, and aim to grow our business across Europe.

Our nine learning companies are located across Europe and among the best in their own markets: VAN IN (Belgium), Sanoma Pro (Finland), Malmberg (the Netherlands), Nowa Era (Poland), Sanoma Utbildning (Sweden), Iddink Group (the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain), itslearning (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands, France, United Kingdom), Santillana (Spain) and Bolster Safety (the Netherlands).

Our purpose

We believe every student deserves equal opportunities in life. It is our mission to help all students to reach their full potential. In a world that’s changing faster than ever, students and teachers need learning solutions that can prepare them for this exciting future.

Best in class learning solutions

We see it as our responsibility to develop learning solutions that drive engagement and inspiration among all teachers and students. Our methodologies and platforms are based on deep teacher and student insight, really understanding their needs and a seamless integration of the best of print and digital across the entire learning process. This enables us to create high impact learning solutions for today and tomorrow.

Leading the digital transformation in education

We are on the threshold of an exciting new era. Education technology is at a crossroads: taking us from smart to intelligent solutions and classrooms across Europe are evolving rapidly. Embracing this evolution with the passion and curiosity that shapes our work, Sanoma Learning will lead the digital transformation of education in Europe with advanced (multi-channel) learning solutions.

Our world

We believe that every student deserves equal opportunities in life and we understand that education is the #1 enabler for them to fulfill their potential. That is why we work side by side with teachers and schools, always going the extra mile for them, so that together we can serve all students to the best of our abilities. Through our deep understanding of teachers and school needs, we create high impact learning solutions for today and tomorrow.

 

We are part of Sanoma, an innovative and agile learning and media company, impacting the lives of millions of people every day. Learn more about Sanoma. 

Our history

The first steps towards a learning business were taken in 1999. We first acquired a leading multimedia company and later on educational publishers were added to our portfolio.

With Sanoma Pro in Finland and the acquisition of Malmberg in The Netherlands and VAN IN in Belgium, the division Sanoma Learning was founded in 2004. Shortly followed by the acquisition of Nowa Era in Poland in 2008 and Sanoma Utbildning in Sweden in 2011. In 2016 Sanoma Learning acquired De Boeck in Belgium. In 2019 we added Iddink Group, Essener, itslearning and ClickEdu to our portfolio. In 2020 Santillana joined the Sanoma Learning family.

Today our portfolio consists of nine leading learning companies across Europe and among the best in their own markets. Together we are one  Sanoma Learning.

 

Our educational family

Our more than 2,700 employees have a deep rooted passion for education. We believe education is the key to reach the potential of students and we feel privileged to be able to play a significant role in this journey. The opportunity to contribute to the development of future generations is why we are passionate, committed and always willing to go the extra mile for students, teachers, schools and each other.

Sanoma Learning Leadership Team

Rob Kolkman

CEO
Sanoma Learning
  • Chief Executive Officer of Sanoma Learning since 1 January 2020, and member of the Executive Management Team of Sanoma Group since 2019.
  • Chief Executive Officer of Sanoma Learning since 1 January 2020, and member of the Executive Management Team of Sanoma Group since 2019.

Markus Holm

CFO
Sanoma Learning
  • Chief Financial Officer of Sanoma Learning since 1 September 2020 and member of the Sanoma Learning Leadership Team since 2020.
  • Chief Financial Officer of Sanoma Learning since 1 September 2020 and member of the Sanoma Learning Leadership Team since 2020.

Richard Herz

CTO
Sanoma Learning
  • Chief Technology Officer of Sanoma Learning since September 1st 2020, and member of the Sanoma Learning Leadership Team since then.
  • Chief Technology Officer of Sanoma Learning since September 1st 2020, and member of the Sanoma Learning Leadership Team since then.

Daan van Zanten

CSPO
Sanoma Learning
  • Chief Strategy and Product Officer of Sanoma Learning since 1 October 2020 and member of the Sanoma Learning Leadership Team since 2020.
  • Chief Strategy and Product Officer of Sanoma Learning since 1 October 2020 and member of the Sanoma Learning Leadership Team since 2020.

Gieta Veersma

CHRO
Sanoma Learning
  • Chief Human Resource Officer of Sanoma Learning since 1 January 2020 and member of the Sanoma Learning Leadership Team since 2020.
  • Chief Human Resource Officer of Sanoma Learning since 1 January 2020 and member of the Sanoma Learning Leadership Team since 2020.

Magda Walczak

Managing Director
Nowa Era
  • Managing Director of Nowa Era Group and member of the Sanoma Learning Leadership Team since 2010.
  • Unique expertise in the educational market in Poland as well as personal relations with key authorities in education. Has extensive experience in managing a publishing house at times of national educational reforms.
  • Prior to becoming Managing Director, Magda worked in the position of Sales Representative, Editor and Editor-in-Chief since Nowa Era’s foundation in 1992.
  • Master’s degree in Biology and a post-Master degree in Publishing Management.
  • Managing Director of Nowa Era Group and member of the Sanoma Learning Leadership Team since 2010.
  • Unique expertise in the educational market in Poland as well as personal relations with key authorities in education. Has extensive experience in managing a publishing house at times of national educational reforms.
  • Prior to becoming Managing Director, Magda worked in the position of Sales Representative, Editor and Editor-in-Chief since Nowa Era’s foundation in 1992.
  • Master’s degree in Biology and a post-Master degree in Publishing Management.

Rimco Spanjer

Managing Director
Malmberg
  • Managing Director of Malmberg and member of the Sanoma Learning Leadership Team since January 1st 2019.
  • He is also Chief Product Officer for Method Creation for the whole of Sanoma Learning.
  • Rimco brings 20 years of experience in the publishing industry.
  • Has a proven track record as Unit Director within Wolters Kluwer, leading both the commercial as well as the publishing and back-office functions. Furthermore, Rimco has been closely involved in the transition from print to online in different forms towards digital solutions today.
  • May call himself Master of Cultural History, graduating from the Faculty of Humanities of Utrecht University in 1996.
  • Accomplished a Management Development Program at Tias School for Business and Society.
  • Managing Director of Malmberg and member of the Sanoma Learning Leadership Team since January 1st 2019.
  • He is also Chief Product Officer for Method Creation for the whole of Sanoma Learning.
  • Rimco brings 20 years of experience in the publishing industry.
  • Has a proven track record as Unit Director within Wolters Kluwer, leading both the commercial as well as the publishing and back-office functions. Furthermore, Rimco has been closely involved in the transition from print to online in different forms towards digital solutions today.
  • May call himself Master of Cultural History, graduating from the Faculty of Humanities of Utrecht University in 1996.
  • Accomplished a Management Development Program at Tias School for Business and Society.

Kirsi Harra-Vauhkonen

Managing Director
Sanoma Pro
  • Managing Director of Sanoma Pro and member of the Sanoma Learning Leadership Team since 2014.
  • She is also Chief Product Officer for Secondary Education for the whole of Sanoma Learning. This means that Kirsi sets the direction for Sanoma Learning’s Digital Learning strategy based on the common and local strategies, and global educational trends.
  • Has an extensive experience in dynamic international B2C and B2B businesses, with focus on commercial leadership and digital transformation of businesses.
  • Before joining Sanoma, Kirsi has worked for e.g. Google and Nokia in various international leadership positions.
  • Kirsi has a Master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration, International Business from the Aalto University School of Business in Helsinki.
  • Managing Director of Sanoma Pro and member of the Sanoma Learning Leadership Team since 2014.
  • She is also Chief Product Officer for Secondary Education for the whole of Sanoma Learning. This means that Kirsi sets the direction for Sanoma Learning’s Digital Learning strategy based on the common and local strategies, and global educational trends.
  • Has an extensive experience in dynamic international B2C and B2B businesses, with focus on commercial leadership and digital transformation of businesses.
  • Before joining Sanoma, Kirsi has worked for e.g. Google and Nokia in various international leadership positions.
  • Kirsi has a Master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration, International Business from the Aalto University School of Business in Helsinki.

Winfried Mortelmans

Managing Director
VAN IN

Managing Director of VAN IN and member of the Sanoma Learning Leadership Team since 2012.

  • He is also Chief Product Officer for Primary Education for the whole of Sanoma Learning. Winfried sets the direction for Sanoma Learning’s Digital Learning strategy based on the common and local strategies, and global educational trends.
  • Fulfilled various management positions in the ‘learning’ market for over 19 years, has extensive experience in marketing and business development.
  • Prior to joining Sanoma Learning, Winfried was Business Manager at Kluwer Education. Before that, he worked at Elsevier Training – Ifaros being their International Marketing & Business Development Manager.
  • Winfried graduated from Leuven University studying Business Economics, subsequent to his Master’s degree in Social Sciences he obtained earlier at KU Leuven.

Managing Director of VAN IN and member of the Sanoma Learning Leadership Team since 2012.

  • He is also Chief Product Officer for Primary Education for the whole of Sanoma Learning. Winfried sets the direction for Sanoma Learning’s Digital Learning strategy based on the common and local strategies, and global educational trends.
  • Fulfilled various management positions in the ‘learning’ market for over 19 years, has extensive experience in marketing and business development.
  • Prior to joining Sanoma Learning, Winfried was Business Manager at Kluwer Education. Before that, he worked at Elsevier Training – Ifaros being their International Marketing & Business Development Manager.
  • Winfried graduated from Leuven University studying Business Economics, subsequent to his Master’s degree in Social Sciences he obtained earlier at KU Leuven.

Steve Tucker

Managing Director
itslearning

Managing Director of itslearning since 3rd February 2020 and member of the Sanoma Learning Leadership Team since 2020.

  • Steve has more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry where he has been actively involved in building revenue and global expansion.
  • Prior to joining itslearning, Steve was Chief Commercial Officer at Xenomorph, where he oversaw revenue growth of over 50%.
  • He has also worked for Thomson Reuters, McGraw Hill and RELX.
  • Steve holds a Masters in Modern English and Communication from the University of Leicester, and studied organisational leadership at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business – University of Michigan.

Managing Director of itslearning since 3rd February 2020 and member of the Sanoma Learning Leadership Team since 2020.

  • Steve has more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry where he has been actively involved in building revenue and global expansion.
  • Prior to joining itslearning, Steve was Chief Commercial Officer at Xenomorph, where he oversaw revenue growth of over 50%.
  • He has also worked for Thomson Reuters, McGraw Hill and RELX.
  • Steve holds a Masters in Modern English and Communication from the University of Leicester, and studied organisational leadership at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business – University of Michigan.

Javier Caso de los Cobos

Managing Director Santillana

Managing Director of Santillana and member of the Sanoma Learning Leadership Team since 2021.

Managing Director of Santillana and member of the Sanoma Learning Leadership Team since 2021.

Karin Gerritsen

Managing Director
Iddink Group

Managing Director of Iddink Group since 1st of October 2020 and member of the Sanoma Learning Leadership Team since 2020.

Managing Director of Iddink Group since 1st of October 2020 and member of the Sanoma Learning Leadership Team since 2020.

Wijnand Spring in 't Veld

Chairman Advisory Board

Chairman Advisory Board of Sanoma Learning.

Chairman Advisory Board of Sanoma Learning.