Robin is a managing director at Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips in New York, where she heads up the education and book publishing sectors. She leads Oaklins’ education & training team, where she covers pre-K-12, higher education, corporate training, edtech, distance/online learning, LMS, adaptive learning, game-based learning, micro-credentialing and microlearning. In her book publishing practice she leads deals involving print, audio, e-books, self-publishing and every genre/subject category of book publishing. Robin has closed more than 55 transactions focused on technology information services in education, trade publishing and healthcare to companies that include Oracle, Amazon, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette, Pearson, McGraw-Hill, Discovery Education, Wiley, Macmillan and Cengage Learning and to private equity firms, such as Serata Capital, The Riverside Company and CIP Capital. She has advised clients on M&A transactions including the sale of Workman Publishing to Hachette Book Group, Hay House to Penguin Random House, Cider Mill Publishing to HarperCollins, Page Publishing Consortium to Serata Capital Partners, Bloodhound Books to Open Road Integrated Media, Big Universe to K12, Mondo Education to Carnegie Learning, n2y to The Riverside Company and then to Providence Equity, Vocado to Oracle and Inscribe Digital to IPG, and sold Amazon their first children’s book publishing company.
Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Robin was at The van Tulleken Company/Quayle Munro international banks for nine years. She had 18 years of high-level operational experience, including as EVP at Golden Books, VP of marketing at Simon & Schuster and VP of mass market sales and product manager at Grosset & Dunlap (acquired by Penguin Books). She also spent two years in the education division of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Robin has the US Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) Series 7 and Series 65 licenses plus annual e-learning courses for compliance. She is a frequent speaker at industry events and was an adjunct instructor at New York University’s School of Professional Studies.