Leadership 

 

Andrew Rosen, current Chairman and CEO, Kaplan, Inc.Andrew S. Rosen

Chairman, Kaplan, Inc. and
Executive Vice President, Graham Holdings Company


Andrew S. Rosen is Chairman of Kaplan, Inc., among the largest, most diverse global education organizations and the largest subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company. He also serves as Executive Vice President of Graham Holdings Company.

Throughout his two decade career at Kaplan, Rosen has helped pioneer much of the company's innovation and growth, with a focus on student success and outcomes. These include the founding of Concord Law School, the first fully online law school in the U.S.; the development of Kaplan University from a few dozen to more than 50,000 online students; and the creation of new blended online and classroom-based learning opportunities for both working adults and test preparation students.

An advocate for adult learners, Rosen is a well-known voice in the media and other public forums about the challenges facing higher education today.

Rosen is the author of "Change.edu: Rebooting for the new talent economy," which details the history of innovation in American higher education and lays out a prescription for restoring its pre-eminence by focusing anew on the goals of learning outcomes, access, affordability, and accountability.

Since its publication, "Change.edu" has earned positive reviews in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Inside Higher Ed, and generated praise from a range of education thought leaders, including former New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and bestselling author Clay Christensen. Business leader and philanthropist Bill Gates touts the book as "truly important for the debate on what needs to be done to improve the success of post-secondary education in America." Learn more about the book at www.change-edu.com.

Rosen first joined Kaplan in 1992, holding various management and leadership roles before serving as the company's Chairman and CEO from 2008 until April 2014, when he stepped down from his role as CEO to become Executive Vice President of Graham Holdings Company.

Prior to Kaplan, Rosen had been Assistant Counsel at Newsweek after earlier serving as a staff attorney for The Washington Post newspaper. Before joining The Washington Post Company (now Graham Holdings Company) in 1986, Rosen clerked for the Hon. Levin H. Campbell, Chief 3-28-14 Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (Boston, MA) after graduating from Yale Law School. He has an A.B. degree from Duke University.

A resident of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Rosen is actively involved in a number of regional business and civic organizations. He currently serves on the boards of Enterprise Florida, Pine Crest School, the Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale, the Broward Workshop, and the Council for Educational Change. He is also a member of the CEO Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance (Broward County).

 

  

President and Chief Operating Officer Kaplan, Inc.Thomas C. Leppert

Chief Executive Officer
Kaplan, Inc.


Thomas C. Leppert is the Chief Executive Officer of Kaplan, Inc., the global educational services company and largest subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company.

Leppert first joined Kaplan in January 2013 as the company's President and Chief Operating Officer, with oversight of its various operating divisions across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He assumed his current role in April 2014.
 
Leppert has extensive leadership experience that includes high profile positions in both the private and public sector. His professional work has spanned managing companies in the role of CEO in a wide range of industries to leading a major U.S. city as the elected Mayor.
 
From 2007-2011, he was the elected Mayor of Dallas, Texas. In that role, he instilled a professional, supportive and business focused approach and a strong sense of cooperation, optimism and "can do" spirit within the city and community. He championed policies to improve the quality of life in Dallas and made the city a national focal point in the areas of public safety, economic development, and the environment. In addition, Leppert led two successful referendums to build major projects in Dallas and guided a reform of local ethics standards.
 
As Mayor, he pursued a strong education agenda, creating programs for early reading, which touched over 60,000 children locally, internships in concert with area businesses to demonstrate the importance of education, and scholarship programs targeted at graduating students in underserved Dallas high schools. He donated his mayoral salary to scholarships.
 
Leppert's public career followed 30 years of leading major national and international corporations in the areas of construction, financial services, homebuilding and real estate. He served as the Chairman and CEO of The Turner Corporation, the nation's largest general building company. In that role, from 1999 to 2006, he led the company into new markets, doubled its revenues, and initiated Turner University, an innovative internal, online training program for its 7,000 plus employees.
 
Prior to Turner, Leppert was Vice Chairman of Pacific Century Financial Corporation and its major subsidiary, the Bank of Hawaii; President and CEO of Castle & Cooke Properties, Inc.; and a National Partner at Trammell Crow Company. He began his career at McKinsey & Co. where he was elected a Principal of the firm.
 
Leppert served as a White House Fellow in 1984 under President Ronald Reagan. He holds an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School and graduated cum laude from Claremont McKenna College.
He has been engaged in education from a number of perspectives. In addition to his work as Mayor, Leppert chaired the West Dallas Community School, a private faith based K-8 school in in one of the lowest income areas of the nation. He has also served on the boards of a local high school, Claremont McKenna College and Harvard Business School Alumni. 
 
A lifelong community volunteer, he has served numerous community groups and charitable organizations on both the local and national levels. Leppert served as chair of the Greater Dallas Regional Chamber, the Hawaii Business Roundtable, and the Bishop Museum. He has also served on numerous boards, including the US Chamber of Commerce, National Building Museum, and Executive Board of US Conference of Mayors. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to the White House Fellows Commission.
 
He is a noted speaker and has appeared regularly in the media as both a topical authority and representative of the organizations he led. He has been recognized for his leadership, including "CEO of the Year" by D Magazine, the "Texas Businessman of the Year" by the Texas Association of Business, the "Torch of Conscience Award" from American Jewish Congress, and "The Global Cross Millennium Award for Corporate Environmental Leadership" from Global Green. He has also been inducted into the "Energy Efficiency Hall of Fame" and the "Dallas Business Hall of Fame". 
 
He and his wife Laura have three children and are members of First Baptist Church Dallas and Park Cities Baptist Church.

 

  

Matthew Seelye, current CFO, Kaplan, Inc.Matthew Seelye

Chief Financial Officer
Kaplan, Inc.


In his current role as CFO, Matthew Seelye oversees all of Kaplan's financial operations, including accounting, financial reporting and analysis, transaction support, real estate, internal audit and procurement.  Seelye joined Kaplan in 2001 as CFO of Kaplan Higher Education Campuses, then progressed to CFO of all of Kaplan Higher Education (KHE), which includes Kaplan University.  During this period, KHE grew from a $100 million company with 28 institutions to a $1.5 billion company with over 75 institutions.  KHE's expansion was a result of both organic growth and strategic acquisitions.  During this period of rapid growth, Seelye led the KHE finance function in a manner that ensured capital was strategically allocated to support long-term growth, the underlying financial infrastructure and related control environment was scaled properly, and business risks were appropriately managed.

Prior to joining Kaplan, Seelye was the Corporate Controller of the Washington Post Company from 1997 to 2001.  Previously at Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), he held positions of increasing responsibility from 1990 to 1997 leading to Manager in the Business Assurance practice. 

Seelye is currently a member of the Financial Executives Institute (FEI).  He holds a CPA and graduated with a B.B.A. majoring in Finance/Accounting from James Madison University. 

 

 

Darrell Splithoff, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Innovation, Kaplan, Inc.Darrell Splithoff

Executive Vice President, Strategy and Innovation
Kaplan, Inc.


Darrell Splithoff oversees the development of Kaplan's business strategies, academic innovation, technology and organization planning, as well as the sharing of Kaplan capabilities across operating units.

Splithoff joined Kaplan in September 2008. Prior to joining Kaplan, Splithoff was an independent consultant and assisted a major for-profit higher education company in developing a longer term business strategy and annual strategic planning process. He also helped develop a new plan of organization for the executive team. From 2002 to 2006, Splithoff was Senior Vice President at William Wrigley Jr. Company, where he facilitated the development of Wrigley's first strategic plan, diversification of the company's product portfolio and managed the company's extensive supply chain network. Splithoff also held executive positions at The Keebler Company and was a business consultant at Booz, Allen and Hamilton.

Splithoff is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he earned both his B.A. and his M.M.

 

 

Bror Saxberg, Chief Learning Officer, Kaplan, Inc.Bror Saxberg

Chief Learning Officer
Kaplan, Inc.


Bror Saxberg is responsible for the research and development of innovative learning strategies, technologies and products across Kaplan's full range of educational services offerings. He also oversees future developments and adoptions of innovative learning technologies and maintains consistent academic standards for Kaplan's products and courses.

Saxberg most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer at K12, Inc., where he was responsible for designing both online and off-line learning environments and developing new student products and services. Prior to joining K12, Inc., he was Vice President at Knowledge Universe, where he co-founded the testing and assessment division that became known as Knowledge Testing Enterprise (KTE). Saxberg began his career at McKinsey & Company, Inc. and later served as Vice President and General Manager for London-based DK Multimedia, part of DK Publishing, and education and reference publisher.

Saxberg holds a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington. As a Rhodes Scholar, he received an M.A. in Mathematics from Oxford University. He also received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from M.I.T. and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

 

 

Edward Hanapole, current Chief Information Officer, Kaplan, Inc.Edward Hanapole

Chief Information Officer
Kaplan, Inc.


Edward L. Hanapole is Chief Information Officer for Kaplan, Inc., a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: WPO) and a leading global provider of educational services offering post-secondary education, test preparation, professional training and K12 programs.

Hanapole is responsible for the company's corporate technology applications and sets best practices and standards for the company's individual businesses.  Together with the CTOs at each business unit, Hanapole helps shape Kaplan's content development and delivery strategy to best suit the needs of the company's more than 1 million annual students worldwide.

He most recently served as Chief Information Officer for Star TV based in Hong Kong, one of the largest broadcast media companies in Asia and part of News Corporation.  He worked earlier for the company in its New York headquarters in 2006 as Vice President of Global Technology.  Prior to Star TV, Hanapole served in a variety of executive positions at IBM from 1999 to 2006, where he was involved on a range of projects involving customers in broadcasting, publishing, telecommunications, digital media and sports.  Hanapole has also worked as Chief Information Officer for the New York Times Digital group and held positions with Simon & Schuster and the Standard & Poor's division of the McGraw Hill Companies.

Hanapole earned his Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications Management at Syracuse University.

 

 

Janice Block, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Office, Kaplan, Inc.Janice L. Block

General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
Kaplan, Inc.


Janice Block oversees the legal, regulatory and compliance functions for Kaplan, Inc. globally. She joined Kaplan in 2006 as the general counsel and chief compliance officer of its higher education division, and was promoted to these roles for Kaplan, Inc. in 2011.  In addition to leading a team of lawyers covering transactional work, contracts, employment and intellectual property matters, along with litigation, she has focused on developing a robust regulatory and compliance framework throughout the organization.

Prior to joining Kaplan, Block was the general counsel and corporate secretary for Career Education Corporation.  She also served as regional counsel for Microsoft Corporation.  In addition to these positions, Janice previously was a partner and attorney in the Chicago office of several law firms, including Greenberg Traurig, Seyfarth Shaw, and Kirkland & Ellis. Her legal experience includes nearly 25 years of litigation, transactional, intellectual property, corporate governance, regulatory, policy, and compliance experience.

Block earned her bachelor's degree from Princeton University, a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and a law degree from Columbia University.

 

 

Melissa Mack, current SVP Marketing, Kaplan, Inc. and Chairman, Kaplan Educational FoundationMelissa Mack

Senior Vice President, Marketing, Kaplan, Inc.
Chairman, Kaplan Educational Foundation


Melissa Mack oversees Kaplan's corporate marketing and communications activities and is responsible for building and maintaining Kaplan's brand and reputation.  Mack joined Kaplan in 1992, and has built Kaplan's global marketing and internal and external communications functions as the company has evolved from a small, US-based test prep company to one of the world's largest providers of educational services.  She led the development of Kaplan's masterbrand strategy, rebranding acquired business units and creating a unified messaging and visual identity for the company.  In 2006, Mack introduced the Branded Environments program to standardize design elements across Kaplan's schools, centers, and offices to support the student learning process and employee engagement.
 
Mack's oversight includes brand strategy, media relations, internal communications, social media, branded environments, and corporate positioning and promotion. She also serves as Chairman of the Kaplan Educational Foundation, which provides academic advising and financial assistance to talented community college students who have financial need and wish to transfer into competitive four year universities.
 
Mack came to Kaplan from the New York public relations firm Rubenstein Associates, where she handled public relations for numerous clients in NY and across the country, in areas such as business, real estate, and education. She previously worked at David Wachsman Associates.  Mack holds a B.A. degree from Brown University.

 

 

John Polstein, current CEO, Kaplan Test PrepJohn Polstein

Chief Executive Officer
Kaplan Test Prep


John Polstein has played a primary management role in Kaplan's transformation into the global educational services company it is today. Specifically, he has spearheaded the strong growth of the test prep division, managing the diversification of its offerings into new areas including admissions consulting and online programs, establishing the company as a leader in providing educational services to K12 schools, expanding Kaplan's book and software publishing division, and initiating Kaplan's growth overseas. 

Under Polstein, Kaplan has furthered its leadership position in the test prep market, growing to more than twice the size of its nearest competitor and maintaining healthy growth every year. Polstein also oversaw the acquisition of new operations in the UK, Canada and Australia; under his management Kaplan's English language business expanded to become one of the leading global providers of English language training. Today, Kaplan Test Prep publishes more than 190 book and software titles, provides test preparation for more than 90 standardized exams, and operates centers in 19 countries outside the US. Kaplan has secured its place as the leading provider of licensing test preparation to medical professionals, particularly international doctors who need to pass rigorous boards to practice in the U.S., as well as a leader in preparing law school graduates for the bar exam. Additionally, Kaplan is a premier provider in licensing and continuing education in the fields of securities, insurance, financial services, real estate and information technology.

Prior to his current role, Polstein held a variety of positions within the company, overseeing test prep centers and helping to standardize and streamline operations around the country. Since joining Kaplan in 1992, he first served as the Director of Pre-College Programs, then moved into field management running the Manhattan test prep center (the country's largest) and from there, advanced to the roles of Regional Director and Regional Vice President overseeing the Northeast region.  He assumed leadership for the test prep division in 1998. Through all his efforts at Kaplan, Polstein has dedicated himself to helping students meet and exceed their goals and enhance their opportunities for success.

Polstein is an active member of the board of directors of Reading Is Fundamental, a national non-profit literacy organization. He received his B.A. from Amherst College and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.



 

Gregory Marino, President, Kaplan University GroupGregory Marino

Chief Executive Officer
Kaplan Higher Education Group


Gregory Marino is the Chief Executive Officer of the Kaplan Higher Education Group (KHEG), a leader in online and campus-based postsecondary education that leverages technology to help adult learners achieve their academic and professional goals.

 
He is responsible for managing the business operations for Kaplan University, a regionally accredited institution with approximately 8,000 dedicated employees serving more than 43,000 students pursuing associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees, as well a juris doctor degree offered through Concord Law School. Additionally, Marino is responsible for driving the continued transformation of Mount Washington College and manages KHEG's new Disruptive Innovation Group which he established to fill the skills gap in America.
 
Marino joined Kaplan Inc. in 1993 and subsequently played an integral role building Kaplan University's highly successful student-focused service model and innovative technology platform from the ground up.
 
Marino earned an MBA and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, is an executive committee member of the Young Presidents' Organization, and was a recipient of Business Leader magazine's South Florida Movers & Shakers Award for 2009.


 

 

John Lock, President, Kaplan Higher Education CampusesJohn Lock

President
Kaplan Higher Education Campuses


John Lock is president of Kaplan Higher Education Campuses (KHEC), responsible for the operations of more than 60 postsecondary campuses across 18 states. Kaplan Higher Education Campuses serve approximately 26,000 students through career-focused diploma and degree program offerings, giving adult learners the opportunity to gain needed skills for some of the country's fastest growing occupations. 

Lock has 25 years of experience as an educator and successful entrepreneur. He is a proven advocate for educational innovation, technology, and blended learning models that can transform education. Lock was appointed president of KHEC in July 2011. He initially joined Kaplan in January 2011 to oversee the company's online high school business.

Before coming to Kaplan, Lock was chief executive officer and president of Project Lead the Way, a leading provider of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) educational programs. Previously, Lock was the founding chief executive officer and president of Charter Fund Inc., a non-profit venture capital fund with more than $150 million invested in the expansion of high quality charter schools. During his career, Lock taught at and led a charter school. He also served as an executive in the venture and private equity and finance fields. In addition, he has held a number of leadership roles with various organizations.

Lock graduated magna cum laude from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service with a B.S. in Foreign Service and is a recipient of the Landegger Honors Certificate in International Business Diplomacy.

 

 

Peter Houillon, current CEO, Kaplan Asia-PacificPeter Houillon

Chief Executive Officer
Kaplan UK


Peter Houillon runs Kaplan's UK and Ireland businesses including professional training for qualifications, business and management courses, and Higher Education programmes.

He has been influential in transforming the performance and profile of professional qualification training in the UK through the implementation and operation of e-learning and publishing.

Previously, Houillon was chief operating officer and head of Kaplan's London training centre. He is a qualified accountant with a professional practice background and more than 20 years of experience in business and financial education and training.

As a committed educationalist, Houillon is passionate about providing the best support and learning environment for candidates and employers.

 

 

David Jones, current CEO, Kaplan International CollegesDavid Jones

Chief Executive Officer
Kaplan International Colleges


As CEO of Kaplan International Colleges, David Jones is responsible for Kaplan's English study abroad business and university pathway colleges for international students. This involves overseeing 50 colleges and 25 admissions offices on 5 continents.

Jones's lifelong involvement with international education began after leaving Oxford University. He led student groups on adventure programs in the Middle East, the Indian Sub-Continent and the Himalayas. He later went on to organize expeditions in the Sahara and remote areas of French West Africa.

Since then Jones has been a pioneer in international education, developing businesses in Asia, Europe, North America and the Pacific. He was instrumental in building America's largest operator of educational tours and for a decade was President of EF International Language Schools.

Having acquired the Aspect Education group in 2000, he was Chairman and CEO when the company became part of Kaplan Inc. in 2006.

Jones is a strong believer in the benefits of international education at the tertiary level, both for the students themselves and for the institutions in which they are enrolled.

 

 

Our Legacy

In order to fully understand Kaplan's history and growth, it is important to note the contributions of two previous leaders that helped shape Kaplan into the diverse global education company it is today.


Stanley H. Kaplan, founder of Kaplan, Inc.

Stanley H. Kaplan

Stanley Kaplan, the company's namesake, invented the test prep industry when he founded the company in 1938. From a small operation in the basement of his parents' Brooklyn home, the Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Centers grew to be a successful national business under Kaplan's leadership until his retirement in 1994.

 

 Click here  to learn more about Stanley Kaplan.

 

Jonathan Grayer, former Chairman and CEO, Kaplan, Inc.

Jonathan N. Grayer

Jonathan Grayer served as Kaplan's Chief Executive Officer from 1994 to 2008. Through organic growth and a series of strategic acquisitions, Grayer transformed Kaplan from a US test prep provider into a diversified $2 billion global education company that provides lifelong learning to students of all ages.

 

 Click here to learn more about Jonathan Grayer.