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Kaplan Announces U.S. Launch of Global Leadership and Professional Development Practice

Feb. 17, 2016

LA CROSSE, WI – (February 17, 2016) – Kaplan today announced the launch of their U.S. Global Leadership and Professional Development Practice at a New York kick-off breakfast, attended by business leaders from the banking, finance and accounting sectors.

“Kaplan already serves the people development needs of many Fortune 500 companies in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa,” said Dr. Andrew Temte, president of Kaplan Professional Education. “Extending Kaplan’s successful global practice into the United States further enhances our ability to serve and meet the global professional development needs of global corporations, especially in the banking, finance and accounting sectors.”

“We believe that both technical and behavioral confidence are key components in empowering leaders, managers and others to make the decisions that drive commercial performance,” said Andrew Perkins, global vice president of Kaplan’s Leadership and Professional Development Practice. “And those decisions are made in the context of a workplace where people have to apply both a technical understanding of the issue at hand and simultaneously consider the human dimension.”

“This is obvious and yet learning and development programs are often separated out into technical lessons on one hand, and soft skills on the other,” Perkins added. “We believe development should integrate the technical and behavioral aspects and leverage the interdependences between them. Our programs rely heavily on simulations and decision making scenarios that do just this.”

Kaplan’s approach is to work closely with clients to understand their business’ practices, processes and culture.

“The key to the successful development – of individuals and organizations – are interventions designed around what a particular business needs right now. No two businesses are the same, so why would the development they offer their people be the same?” said Dr. Ian Stewart, global head of Kaplan’s Leadership and Organizational Practice. “Our experience with global firms operating in various business sectors is that specific interventions, rather than just theoretical programs, are necessary to imbed practical changes in the workforce that drive commercial advantage.”

Kaplan’s U.S. Leadership and Professional Development Practice will initially be based in New York City with plans to expand to other U.S. cities shortly where it already maintains other operations and educational services.

About Kaplan

Kaplan, Inc. serves over 1.2 million students globally each year through its array of higher education, test preparation, professional education, English-language training, and university preparation, and offerings to individuals, institutions, and businesses. Across its 75-plus year history, first as small test-prep pioneer and then an early online education leader and now a global education provider, Kaplan has been recognized for expanding educational access and using technology and learning science innovations to continually improve outcomes for its students and partners. Kaplan has operations in over 30 countries, employs more than 19,000 full and part-time professionals, and maintains relationships and partnerships with more than 1,000 school districts, colleges, and universities, and over 2,600 corporations and businesses.

Kaplan Professional Education helps professionals obtain in-demand certifications, licensing and designations that enable them to advance and succeed in their careers. Through live and online instruction, Kaplan Professional Education provides test preparation, licensing, continuing education, and professional development programs to businesses and individuals in the accounting, insurance, securities, real estate, financial planning, and information technology, industries.

Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) and its largest division. For more information, please visit www.kaplan.com.

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