Kermit J. Cook
Kermit J. Cook is a Director at KKR Capstone, where he works to identify and deliver sustainable operational performance with KKR portfolio companies. He has been with KKR Capstone since 2007. In 2011, Mr. Cook successfully opened KKR Capstone’s office in Sydney, Australia. His portfolio in Australia included GenesisCare, the country’s largest private radiotherapy and cardiology network, and Bis Industries, a leading resource logistics specialist. While at KKR Capstone, he has also worked with Sundrop Farms, Santanol Pty Ltd, Unisteel Technology Limited, and US Foodservice. Prior to KKR Capstone, Mr. Cook worked for Nike, Inc. in 2006 and McKinsey & Company from 2001 until 2003. In addition to his business experience, Mr. Cook brings an educator’s perspective to the Board having spent time with Teach for America in the St. Louis, Missouri Public Schools where he taught physics and coached at the Gateway Institute of Technology from 2003 to 2005. Students and faculty elected him Teacher of the Year in 2005.
John M. Danielson
John M. Danielson is an accomplished, internationally-respected executive in the public and private education sector. Early in his 25-year career, Mr. Danielson came to believe that the private sector, along with the public sector, has an important role to play in the creation of improved education systems. Mr. Danielson was a co-founder of the Chartwell Education Group LLC (2005-2009), an international education-consulting firm. Since June 2009, Mr. Danielson served as Chairman and Managing Director of Chartwell Hamilton Group LLC, the restructured international consulting platform of Chartwell Education. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Danielson was Chief of Staff at the United States Department of Education, where he earned a reputation for his ability to adapt innovative business strategies and tactics to resolve the issues faced by the public education sector. From 2010 to 2013, at the appointment of current United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Mr. Danielson served as a peer reviewer in all four of the landmark Race to the Top state and district competitions. Mr. Danielson serves as a board member of Declara (Palo Alto), Magnus Gyan (New York), Vatterott Educational Centers (St. Louis), The University of the Potomac (Washington), and as a Senior Advisor to American Prison Data Systems (New York), and Speakaboos (New York).
Jonathan D. Harber
For more than 20 years, Jonathan D. Harber had been a pioneer in education technology. Since 2014, Mr. Harber has been running Harber Advisors, LLC, advising private equity funds and education companies on education-related transactions. In 2015, Mr. Harber co-founded Edge EdTech, LLC, an incubator galvanizing the New York City eco-system of education innovation. He is also an advisor to Rethink Education, a venture capital fund focused on education companies. From 2011 to January 2014, Mr. Harber served as CEO of Pearson K12 Technology. Mr. Harber was the CEO and co-founder of Schoolnet, Inc., a company with the goal of helping school systems use data to increase academic achievement. And prior to launching Schoolnet, Mr. Harber was the co-founder and Chairman of NewKidCo, the first company to develop and market children's educational video console games. Mr. Harber serves as the founding Chairman of the Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School in Brooklyn, NY and served for a decade on the board of New York City Outward Bound.
Mark A. McEachen
Mark McEachen is an experienced business leader with a 30-year record of success in management in both private and public companies in a variety of areas, including information technology, legal, human resources procurement, manufacturing, engineering, sales and all financial disciplines. Currently Mr. McEachen is President and CEO of Dolan Inc. He is a member of BJ Restaurants Board of Directors (BJRI) and previously was on the Board of DexMedia. Mr. McEachen served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Freedom Communications, Inc., a broadcast television and newspaper/magazine media company, from April 2010 to July 2012 and Executive Vice President from July 2012 to June 2013. He joined Freedom Communications in 2009 in the role of Chief Financial Officer. Previously, Mr. McEachen served as Chief Financial Officer at Fabrik, Inc., BridgeCo Inc., where he also served as Interim Chief Executive Officer, Excite@Home, and Transamerica Financial. Mr. McEachen brings extensive restructuring, merger-and-acquisition and operational experience and insight to the Board.
Edward H. West
Edward H. West became our Chief Executive Officer in August 2012. Mr. West previously served as our President and Chief Financial Officer from December 2008 to August 2012 and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from the consummation of the Transaction in June 2006 until December 2008. Mr. West is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ICG Commerce, a position he held from 2002 until 2006. Prior to joining ICG Commerce, Mr. West served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2001 to 2002 and Chief Financial Officer from 2000 to 2001 of Internet Capital Group, Inc. Prior to joining Internet Capital Group, Inc., Mr. West worked for Delta Air Lines, Inc. from 1994 to 2000, last serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. West brings to the Board his extensive expertise in financial matters and in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Company’s operations.