Samuel C. Cowley
Samuel C. Cowley has served as General Counsel, Vice President, Business Development and Secretary of Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc., a seller of over-the-counter healthcare products, since February 2012. Prior to joining Prestige Brands, Mr. Cowley worked as a corporate attorney and investor. From May 2008 to February 2011, Mr. Cowley served as Executive Vice President, Business Development, General Counsel and Secretary of Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. Mr. Cowley was a director of Matrixx Initiatives from July 2005 to February 2011. Prior to joining Matrixx Initiatives, Mr. Cowley served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Swift Transportation Co., Inc. and was a member of Swift Transportation’s board of directors from March 2005 to May 2007. Mr. Cowley previously was a partner with the law firm of Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. Mr. Cowley’s career as an attorney in private practice as well as a senior executive and director of companies provides the Board with a valuable mix of legal expertise and operational management skills.
William R. Johnson
William R. Johnson served as Chief Executive Officer of H. J. Heinz Company from 1998-2013 and as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Heinz from 2000 to 2013. He also serves as a director of Emerson Electric Company and United Parcel Service, Inc. Mr. Johnson joined Heinz in 1982 and held a number of leadership positions, including President and Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President, General Manager—New Businesses, and Vice President—Marketing for Ketchup, Foodservice, and Sauces. During his tenure, Mr. Johnson also managed diverse international businesses in the Asia/Pacific region, including Australia, New Zealand, China, Thailand, and South Korea. In 2006, he received the inaugural Global Visionary Award from Helen Keller International for Heinz’s micronutrient campaign, which is designed to combat iron deficiency anemia. He also received the Marco Polo Award, considered to be the highest honor bestowed by the Chinese government on foreign business leaders, for Heinz’s support of the development of the Chinese food industry. Mr. Johnson brings to the Board a unique and well-developed understanding of methods to drive shareholder value. He contributes to the Board his strategic vision for growth, business strategy and strategic planning skills, global business skills, marketing acumen, and a consumer focus. In addition, Mr. Johnson’s experience on other publicly-traded company boards and exposure to different industries provide the Board with insights regarding governance, finance, compensation, and other key matters.
Adrian M. Jones
Adrian M. Jones joined Goldman, Sachs & Co. in 1994 and has been a Managing Director within the Principal Investment Area of its Merchant Banking Division since 2002, where he co-heads the American Equity business and is also a member of the Corporate Investment Committee of the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. He serves on the board of directors of Dollar General Corporation, a publicly traded discount retailer, and is a director of Biomet, Inc., HealthMarkets, Inc., Michael Foods Inc. and CTI Foods Holding Co LLC. Mr. Jones, who is a designee of Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, provides the Board with a broad background addressing capital structure issues as both a private investor and as a director of publicly traded and privately-held companies.
Jeffrey T. Leeds
Jeffrey T. Leeds is the co-founder of Leeds Equity Partners, LLC, a leading New York-based private equity firm focusing on the education, information services, and training industries. Prior to co-founding Leeds Equity Partners, Mr. Leeds spent seven years specializing in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance at Lazard Freres & Co. Prior to joining Lazard Freres & Co., Mr. Leeds served as a law clerk to the Hon. William J. Brennan, Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Leeds also worked in the corporate department of the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York. Mr. Leeds currently serves as a director of BarBri, Inc., Instituto de Banca y Comercio, Evanta Ventures, Knowledge Factor, INTO Univerity Partnerships, SeatonCorp, and RealPage, Inc., a publicly traded provider of on-demand software solutions for the rental housing industry. Mr. Leeds also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities. He has previously served as a director of Argosy University, Datamark, Inc., Miller Heiman, and Ross University, among others. Mr. Leeds graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. degree in History and attended Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar. Mr. Leeds earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Mr. Leeds, who is a designee of Leeds Equity Partners, brings to the Board his vast experience in the education and related industries as well as his strong legal, financial and business acumen.
John R. McKernan, Jr.
John R. McKernan, Jr. is currently President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, having served as Chairman of our Board of Directors from December 2008 to August 2012. Previously, he served as Executive Chairman from February 2007 to December 2008, as our Chief Executive Officer from September 2003 to February 2007, as our President from March 2003 to September 2003, and as Vice Chairman from the time that he joined the Company in June 1999 until March 2003. Mr. McKernan is also a director of BorgWarner Inc., a publicly traded producer of engineered components and vehicle powertrain system applications, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a privately-held global learning company, and served as Governor of the State of Maine from 1987 to 1995. Mr. McKernan brings to the Board his extensive knowledge of the Company’s business, structure, history and culture along with his understanding of the legislative process based on his experience in government.
Leo F. Mullin
Leo F. Mullin retired as Chief Executive Officer of Delta Air Lines, Inc. in December 2003 and Chairman in April 2004, after having served as its Chief Executive Officer since 1997 and Chairman since 1999. Mr. Mullin currently serves in a consultative capacity as a Senior Advisor, on a part-time basis, to Goldman Sachs Capital Partners. Mr. Mullin was Vice Chairman of Unicom Corporation and its principal subsidiary, Commonwealth Edison Company, from 1995 to 1997. He was an executive of First Chicago Corporation from 1981 to 1995, serving as that company’s President and Chief Operating Officer from 1993 to 1995, and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American National Bank, a subsidiary of First Chicago Corporation, from 1991 to 1993. Mr. Mullin serves as a director of Johnson & Johnson, a publicly traded manufacturer of pharmaceutical and healthcare products, and ACE Limited, a publicly traded provider of insurance and reinsurance services. Mr. Mullin’s experience as Chairman and CEO of one of the nation’s largest airlines and his long and distinguished career in the banking industry make him a skilled advisor on operational and financial matters.
Brian A. Napack
Brian A. Napack is a senior advisor of Providence Equity Partners LLC. Prior to joining Providence in 2012, Mr. Napack served as President of Macmillan, the global publisher, in the U.S. from 2006 to 2011. Prior to his role at Macmillan, Mr. Napack was a partner at L.E.K. Consulting, a global management consulting firm, serving as co-head of its Media and Entertainment practices and leading its Publishing and Education practices. Mr. Napack also founded and served as CEO of ThinkBox, an educational software company focused on the early childhood market. Previously, he worked for The Walt Disney Company where he founded Disney Educational Publishing and was a co-founder of Disney Interactive. He has also held senior roles at Simon & Schuster, the publishing company, and at A.T. Kearney, a leading management consulting company. Mr. Napack currently serves on the board of Blackboard Inc., Ascend Learning, and Zero-to-Three, a national advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of infants and toddlers. Mr. Napack brings to the Board his broad-based management experience and knowledge of the education and related industries.
Paul J. Salem
Paul J. Salem is a Senior Managing Director and a co-founder of Providence Equity Partners. Prior to joining Providence Equity Partners in 1992, Mr. Salem worked for Morgan Stanley & Co. in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to that time, Mr. Salem spent four years with Prudential Investment Corporation, an affiliate of Prudential Insurance, where his responsibilities included leveraged buyout transactions and helping to establish Prudential’s European investment office. Mr. Salem is also a director of N.E.W. Asurion Corp., a provider of technology protection services, Wize Commerce, Inc., a provider of online comparison shopping, and Gruppo TorreSur, a provider of infrastructure sharing services to the telecommunications industry, and previously served as a director of PanAmSat Holding Corporation. Mr. Salem, who is a designee of Providence Equity Partners, provides the Board of Directors with a broad-based background in analyzing business operations, models, strategic plans and financial statements.
Edward H. West
Edward H. West became our President and 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.
Peter O. Wilde
Peter O. Wilde is a Managing Director of Providence Equity Partners. Prior to joining Providence Equity Partners in 2002, Mr. Wilde was a General Partner at BCI Partners, where he began his career in private equity investing in 1992. Mr. Wilde is also a director of N.E.W. Asurion Corp., a provider of technology protection services, Ascend Learning, which owns Assessment Technologies Institute and Jones & Bartlett Publishers, Edline Holdings LLC, Study Group Pty Limited, Blackboard Inc., and Galileo Global Education. Mr. Wilde previously served as a director of IkaSystems Corporation, Medical Media Holdings LLC, Pluris, Inc., Survey Sampling International LLC, Vendome Associates, Virtual Radiologic Corporation, Colorado Cinema Group LLC, Archipelago Learning, Inc., Decision Resources, Inc., and Kerasotes Theatres, Inc. Mr. Wilde, who is a designee of Providence Equity Partners, brings to the Board of Directors his extensive understanding of private equity and financial matters and experience as an investor in and director of several other companies in the education industry.