Roman A. Bejger
Roman A. Bejger is the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Providence Equity Partners L.L.C. Prior to joining Providence in 2009, Mr. Bejger was a senior associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Previously, he was an associate at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison and before that, Goodwin Procter. Mr. Bejger also serves on the boards of The Daniel DiTondo Foundation and The Providence Foundation. Mr. Bejger, who is a designee of Providence Equity Partners, brings to the Board of Directors his extensive understanding of private equity and legal matters.
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.
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.
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 Biomet, Inc., HealthMarkets, Inc., Hearthside, 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., Evanta Ventures, Knowledge Factor, INTO Univerity Partnerships, 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, Instituto de Banca y Comercio and Ross University, among others. Mr. Leeds is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Board of Visitors at The Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at CCNY. Mr. Leeds graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. degree in History and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. He was also a Marshall Scholar at the University of Oxford. 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.
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.
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 publicly-traded 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. 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, HotChalk, Inc., Isolation Network, Inc., 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.
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.
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, Study Group Pty Limited, Blackboard Inc., and Galileo Global Education. 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.