Andrew S. Rosen is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer 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. He again assumed the role of Kaplan's CEO in August 2015, and continues as GHC's Executive Vice President.
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).
Andrew S. Rosen
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kaplan, Inc. Executive Vice President, Graham Holdings Company
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 progressive positions 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.
Chief Financial Officer Kaplan, Inc.
Bror Saxberg is Chief Learning Officer for Kaplan, Inc., a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) and a leading global provider of educational services offering post-secondary education, test preparation, professional education, English-language training, university preparation, and K12 offerings to individuals, institutions, and businesses.
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 speaks often at education, business, and public policy conferences, including: recent appearances at Microsoft's CEO Summit, TEDx, the Stanford Digital Learning Forum, and the "Education Datapalooza" conference, hosted by the White House and US Department of Education. He is the co-author of "Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age" (2014) with Frederick M. Hess. His articles have been published in a host of academic, educational, and scientific journals.
He previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer at K12, Inc., where he was responsible for designing both online and offline 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 which became known as Knowledge Testing Enterprises (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, an education and reference publisher.
Saxberg holds a B.A. in Mathematics and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, both received in 1980. As a Rhodes Scholar, he received a M.A. in Mathematics from Oxford University, and also received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 1989 and a M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1990.
He is married with three children.
Chief Learning Officer Kaplan, Inc.
Johan Smith is Chief Information Officer for Kaplan, Inc., responsible for the company-wide information and technology portfolio and personnel across Kaplan's many divisions and geographies. In addition to the corporate CIO role, Smith has been the CIO for Kaplan's international division since 2009.
Smith has over 30 years of experience in executive management and consulting in IT, finance, and general business in a large variety of companies and sectors across the globe. His main focus is on bridging the areas between business and IT, and aligning the use of technology, information, and business processes to optimally support the business strategy.
Prior to joining Kaplan, Smith worked in executive finance and IT roles for international companies across Europe, the US, and the Caribbean, as well as ran his own consultancy company, serving clients ranging from start-ups to large multinationals, across a broad spectrum of projects. Smith holds bachelor's degrees in both finance and information technology.
Chief Information Officer Kaplan, Inc.
Janice Block oversees the legal, compliance, human resources, leadership development, and government affairs functions for Kaplan, Inc. worldwide. Having first joined Kaplan in 2006 as the general counsel and chief compliance officer of its higher education division, Block was promoted to these roles for Kaplan, Inc. in 2011, and assumed her expanded Chief Administrative and Legal Officer role in 2014.
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 was previously a partner and attorney in the Chicago office of several law firms, including Greenberg Traurig, Seyfarth Shaw, and Kirkland & Ellis. She has nearly 25 years of professional legal experience in the areas of litigation, transactions, intellectual property, corporate governance, and regulation, policy, and compliance.
Block earned a bachelor's degree from Princeton University, a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and a law degree from Columbia University.
Block has been selected three times as a "Top General Counsel" by the First Chair organization, and under her leadership the Kaplan legal department won First Chair's "Top U.S. Law Department" in 2011. She is a frequent speaker and writer on the topics of talent development and leadership, and was a columnist for many years for Inside Counsel magazine. Block is a member of The Chicago Network, the Princeton Clubs of Chicago and New York, and Global Leaders in Law. She serves on the board of The General Counsel Forum Chicago Chapter and on the advisory board of the Center for Women and Law's 2015 Women's Power Summit.
Janice L. Block
Chief Administrative and Legal Officer Kaplan, Inc.
Melissa Mack oversees a global, full-service, strategic communications department for Kaplan, with responsibility for Kaplan's brand and reputation. Her purview includes internal and external communications, regulatory and public policy support, corporate social responsibility, risk mitigation, branded environments, digital and social communications and corporate positioning. She also oversees Kaplan's web portal, Kaplan.com, as well as collaborative marketing activities across businesses. She provides communications counsel to the CEO, Kaplan's executive leadership and the communications teams.
Ms. Mack joined Kaplan in 1992, and built Kaplan's communications infrastructure to support key priorities across geographies and divisions as the company evolved from a small, U.S.-based test prep company to one of the world's largest providers of educational services. She led the development of Kaplan's master-brand strategy, consolidating dozens of brands and creating a unified messaging and visual identity for the company. In 2006, Mack introduced the Branded Environments program to standardize facilities design elements across Kaplan's schools, centers, and offices, to support the student learning process and employee engagement.
Mack also serves as Chairman of the Kaplan Educational Foundation, a public charity that she helped to develop and has overseen since its inception. The Foundation provides academic advising and financial assistance to underrepresented high-potential community college students from the New York City area who have financial need and wish to transfer into competitive four-year colleges universities. The Foundation has unusually high success rates, with 92% of its students accepted into a competitive senior college. 83% of those who transfer earn a bachelor's degree.
Before Kaplan, Mack was an executive at the New York-based public relations firm Rubenstein Associates, counseling clients in the business, real estate, and education sectors, and prior to that worked at David Wachsman Associates. Mack holds a B.A. degree with honors from Brown University.
Chief Communications Officer, Kaplan, Inc. Chairman, Kaplan Educational Foundation
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 diversification of the test prep division's offerings into overseas markets, bar review and "boutique" test prep services. Under Polstein, Kaplan has furthered its leadership position in the test prep market, growing to more than twice the size of its nearest competitor. Today, Kaplan Test Prep provides test preparation for more than 90 standardized exams, and delivers courses in 25 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.
Polstein has also catalyzed Kaplan Test Prep's digital transformation, helping the division secure its leadership in online and mobile offerings and more recently, oversaw the division's entry into new economy skills training. Under Polstein's leadership, Kaplan acquired Dev Bootcamp, originator of the short-term, immersive coding school model, establishing Kaplan as a leader in software developer bootcamps. He also oversaw the division's launch of Metis, which offers intensive data science programs for individuals seeking to pursue or accelerate a career in data science.
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 received his B.A. from Amherst College and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Chief Executive Officer Kaplan Test Prep
Gregory Marino is the Chief Executive Officer of Kaplan Higher and Professional Education (KHPE), 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 managing KHPE'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.
Chief Executive Officer Kaplan Higher and Professional Education
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.
Chief Executive Officer Kaplan International Colleges
Peter Houillon runs Kaplan's UK and Ireland businesses including professional training for qualifications, business and management courses, and Higher Education programs.
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 center. 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.
Chief Executive Officer Kaplan Professional UK
Tom Horton oversees Kaplan's strategic planning process and strategic development, including acquisitions, investments, partnerships, and new business initiatives. He also provides consultative support to Kaplan's leaders on high priority operational improvement and product quality initiatives.
Horton served in a similar role at McKesson Technology Solutions, the healthcare technology software and services division of McKesson Corp., at which he was Senior Vice President and Chief Process Officer. As both an independent consultant and senior-level corporate executive, Tom's career has spanned the healthcare, technology, and early education/child care sectors. This experience includes serving in senior positions at IDX Corporation, a healthcare and information technology supplier,working in both their U.S. and UK operations, as well as roles at McKinsey & Company. He began his career as a history teacher and coach at the Burke Mountain Academy (East Burke, Vermont), where a number of his students went on to compete in ski-racing on various national and Winter Olympic teams.
Horton earned a master's degree from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College.
Senior Vice President for Strategy and Integration Kaplan, Inc.
Andrew Temte, PhD, CFA, is president of Kaplan Professional Education (KPE), a division of Kaplan, Inc. As president of KPE, Dr. Temte oversees and leverages assets, capabilities, and talent across Kaplan’s global footprint. KPE offers a large portfolio of professional development programs and helps individuals earn industry-recognized licensures, certifications, and designations. Based in La Crosse, WI, KPE maintains operations throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
In addition to his current role, Dr. Temte has served in the following professional positions:
Dean of Kaplan University School of Professional and Continuing Education
Interim President of Mount Washington College
President of Kaplan University College of Business and Technology
Outside of his professional career, Dr. Temte serves on the Board of Directors for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Foundation, his alma mater. He and his wife Linda, are also active in numerous fundraising events and committees in the community.
Dr. Temte started his professional education career in 1990, working with Dr. Carl Schweser to build Schweser Study Program into the leader in CFA exam review. Upon the acquisition of Schweser Study Program by Kaplan, Inc. in 1999, Dr. Temte assumed leadership of the Kaplan Schweser organization. Under his direction, Kaplan Schweser became a leading global provider of innovative, efficient, and effective financial education solutions.
Dr. Temte earned his doctorate in finance from the University of Iowa with a concentration in international finance and investment theory. He holds the CFA designation and has over 14 years of university teaching experience in the areas of corporate finance, investments, and international finance.
Dr. Andrew C. Temte
CFA – President Kaplan Professional Education
Leon Choong is President of Kaplan Singapore. Ranked consistently as the Number #1 Preferred Private Education Institution in the JobsCentral Learning Survey since 2013, Kaplan Singapore is one of the most respected private education institutions in Southeast Asia. It provides top-rated diplomas, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, professional qualifications and English-language programmes to more than 25,000 students across 20 countries. Kaplan Singapore comprises four entities: Kaplan Higher Education, Kaplan Financial, Kaplan Professional, and Kaplan Learning Institute.
Leon has close to two decade’s experience as an educator and successful entrepreneur. He is an advocate for educational innovation and the creation of new markets to help more people gain access to quality education. Leon joined Kaplan in 1998, initially to oversee the company's program management division. Since then, his portfolio has expanded to include new business development, university relations, strategic alliances, institutional branding and student recruitment.
Leon sits on the Management Council of the Singapore Association of Private Educators, where he serves as Honorary Treasurer. Before coming to Kaplan, Leon managed Eye Clinic Singapura, the city state’s premier ophthalmic practice. He also served as Secretary for the Universities Endowment Fund, which was tasked with raising a billion dollars in donations for Singapore’s leading government-backed universities.
Leon graduated with a Master of Art (Communications Management) from the University of South Australia, where he earned a coveted place on the Chancellor’s List based on the number of distinction grades achieved.
A seasoned cyclist and kayaker, Leon traverses thousands of kilometers annually by land and sea for training, racing, mobility and fun.