Board of Directors
|Nathaniel A. Davis|
|Nate Davis, Executive Chairman of K12, is a seasoned leader of transformational telecommunications, media and software development companies, with a record of improving operations, launching innovative new products and strengthening relationships with legislative and regulatory authorities. Mr. Davis, who joined the K12 board of directors in 2009, was named chairman of the board in June 2012 and in January 2013 assumed his current responsibilities, overseeing all operational and corporate functions of the company with a focus on excellence in academic, operational and financial performance.|
Mr. Davis joined the company from the position of managing director of RANND Advisory Group, a consulting group advising venture capital, media, and technology-based firms. He previously served as chief executive officer and president of XM Satellite Radio and a member of the company’s board of directors, where he strengthened operations and financial performance and led the company through its merger with Sirius Satellite Radio.
From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Davis was president and chief operating officer, and board member of XO Communications Inc. Mr. Davis has also held senior executive positions at Nextel Communications (EVP, network and technical services), MCI Telecommunications (chief financial officer and various other management positions) and MCI Metro (president and chief operating officer).
Mr. Davis currently serves on the board of directors for Unisys and the board of trustees for RLJ lodging trust.
Mr. Davis received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MS in engineering computer science at the Moore School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.
|Ronald J. Packard|
Ron Packard is the CEO and Founder of K12. Mr. Packard was previously a vice president of Knowledge Universe, and CEO of Knowledge Schools, which provides high-quality childhood education in community and employer-sponsored centers, and invests in, incubates, and operates several charter school companies. Previously, Mr. Packard worked for McKinsey & Company, as well as for Goldman Sachs in mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Packard holds a B.A. in Economics and Mechanical Engineering with honors from the University of California at Berkeley. As a Hughes scholar, he spent his undergraduate summers writing an image-processing language. He holds an M.B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago and he is a chartered financial analyst.
Mr. Packard was the 2007 recipient of the Education Industry Association’s James P. Boyle Entrepreneurial Leadership Award, bestowed to individuals whose achievements in the for-profit education industry serve as a guidepost for others starting and building entrepreneurial education endeavors. In 2008, he won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the IT Services & Solutions category in Greater Washington for his outstanding leadership in building and leading a dynamic and growing business. He was also the recipient of the Distinguished Entrepreneurial Award from Chicago Booth in 2009 for his achievements in public service, entrepreneurship, finance, and corporate leadership. In 2010, he won the USDLA Award for demonstrating Outstanding Leadership in the field of Distance Learning.
He previously served on the Department of Defense Educational Advisory Committee, and is currently Chairman of the Board of Middlebury Interactive Languages, LLC, and is a member of the Digital Learning Council.
Mr. Packard has also been profiled in many media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, FOX News Business Channel, Forbes Magazine, Investors Business Daily, Washington Business Journal, and SmartCEO Magazine.
|Craig R. Barrett|
Retired Chairman and CEO, Intel Corporation
|Dr. Barrett joined us as a director in September 2010. He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of
Intel Corporation, which he joined in 1974, until his retirement in 2009. Prior to Intel Corporation, Dr. Barrett was a member of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering faculty of Stanford University. Dr. Barrett currently serves as Co-chairman of Achieve, Inc., an independent, bipartisan, non-profit education reform organization, Chairman of Change the Equation, an organization promoting widespread literacy in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), President and Chairman of BASIS Schools, Inc., Vice Chair of the Science Foundation Arizona, and Co-chairman of the Business Coalition for Student Achievement. Dr. Barrett holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science from Stanford University. Dr. Barrett was selected as a director because of his robust knowledge and experience in information technology innovation, as well as his global, operational, and leadership experience as a Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Intel Corporation. He also brings a unique perspective to the Board of Directors from his tenure in the academic world and his volunteer work and support of educational organizations.
|Mr. Bron joined us as a director in July 2007. Mr. Bron is a Managing Director of Acon Funds Management
LLC, a private equity firm, and the Managing Member of PAFGP, LLC, the sole general partner of Pan American Financial, L.P. Mr. Bron has served as Chairman and a director of United Pan Am Financial Corp. (UPFC) since April 1994, and he served as a director of Pan American Bank, FSB (Pan American), a former wholly-owned subsidiary of UPFC, from 1994 to 2005. Mr. Bron has also served as Chairman of idX Corporation since July 2008 and from 2000 to 2002, Mr. Bron was a director of Telemundo Group, Inc. From 1994 to 2003, Mr. Bron was an officer, director and principal stockholder of a general partner of Bastion Capital Fund, L.P., a private equity investment fund primarily focused on the Hispanic market. Previously, Mr. Bron was a Managing Director of Corporate Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Mr. Bron holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from Harvard University. Mr. Bron was selected as a director because his extensive executive leadership and international experience, as well as his expertise in investment banking and capital markets, enable him to bring valuable insights to the Board of Directors in the areas of finance and strategy, as well as other matters. The Board of Directors also benefits from his prior experience as a public company director and audit committee member.
|Adam L. Cohn|
|Adam L. Cohn is a partner at Knowledge Universe (KU), where he is head of mergers and acquisitions and business development for KU and its portfolio companies. Mr. Cohn has worked at KU since March of 2000. Prior to joining Knowledge Universe, he was a senior associate with Whitney & Co., a leading private equity firm. At Whitney & Co., he was responsible for sourcing and executing transactions for the Whitney Mezzanine Fund. Prior to Whitney & Co., Mr. Cohn was an investment banker in the Financial Sponsors Group at Bankers Trust Company and Deutsche Bank. He has a BS in business from Skidmore College and a MBA from Columbia University. Mr. Cohn serves on board of directors of Knowledge Schools LLC, Knowledge Universe Global Inc., Busy Bees Holdings Limited, and Milagro Oil and Gas, Inc. From 2007 to 2012 he served as a director of Embanet Corp.|
|John M. Engler|
|Mr. Engler joined us as a director in October 2012. He has been President of the Business
Roundtable since January 2011. From 2004 to 2011, Mr. Engler served as President and Chief
Executive Officer of the National Association of Manufacturers. He was President of State and Local
Government and Vice President of Government Solutions for North America for Electronic Data
Systems Corporation from 2003 to 2004. Mr. Engler served as Michigan’s 46th governor for three terms
from 1991 to 2003. He has served on the board of directors of Universal Forest Products Inc. since
2003 and is currently a director of Munder Capital Management. Previously, Mr. Engler served as a
director of Northwest Airlines from 2003 to 2008, as a director of Dow Jones & Company, Inc. from
2005 to 2007, and as a director of Delta Airlines from 2008 to 2012. Mr. Engler holds a B.S. in
Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University and a J.D. from the Thomas M. Cooley Law
School. Mr. Engler was selected as a director because of his executive and legislative expertise as a
state governor and his business experience. The Board of Directors also benefits from Mr. Engler’s
perspective as a director of numerous public companies and as a member of their audit committees.
|Steven B. Fink|
|Mr. Fink joined us as a director in October 2003. Mr. Fink has served as a director of Nobel Learning
Communities, Inc. since 2003. Mr. Fink currently serves as Chairman of Heron International and as a director of the Foundation of the University of California, Los Angeles. From 1999 to 2009, Mr. Fink served as a director of Leapfrog, Inc. and its Chairman from 2004 to 2009. From 2000 to 2008, Mr. Fink was the Chief Executive Officer of Lawrence Investments, LLC. Mr. Fink has also previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Anthony Manufacturing, Chairman and Managing Director of Knowledge Universe, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nextera. Mr. Fink holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a J.D. and an L.L.M. from New York University. Mr. Fink was selected as a director based on his significant experience in operations and financial oversight gained as serving as director or chairman for various public and private companies in addition to his membership on various company audit committees which enables him to contribute significantly to the oversight and governance of the Company.
|Mary H. Futrell|
|Dr. Futrell joined us as a director in August 2007. Until September 2010, Dr. Futrell was the Dean of the
Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the George Washington University. She has served as a director of Horace Mann Educators Corporation since 2001. She is the Co-director of the GWU Institute for Curriculum, Standards and Technology, the founding President of Education International and a past president of the World Confederation of the Teaching Profession. Previously, she served as President of the Virginia Education Association, and ERAmerica. Dr. Futrell served as President of the National Education Association (NEA) from 1983 to 1989. Dr. Futrell has also served on the boards of the Kettering Foundation, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Leadership, the National Holmes Partnership, the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, the National Society for the Study of Education. Dr. Futrell holds a B.A. in Business Education from Virginia State University, a M.A. in Secondary Education and an Ed.D. in Education Policy Studies from George Washington University. She is also the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including more than 20 honorary degrees. Dr. Futrell was selected as a director because her tenure in the academic world and as a leader of education organizations provides strategic insight, experience and in-depth knowledge of the education industry to the Board of Directors. Her years of experience serving on boards of both public and private companies also gives her a wide range of knowledge on topics important to our business that contribute to the Board of Directors’ function.
|Mr. Reynolds joined us as a director in April 2011. Mr. Reynolds is a General Partner at Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV), a leading provider of growth capital to technology companies, providing funds to later-stage private and public companies. Mr. Reynolds joined TCV in 1997 and has been a venture capital and technology investor for over 15 years. While Mr. Reynolds has investment experience in multiple technology sectors, his primary focus has been in the software and technology enabled services industries. Prior to joining TCV, Mr. Reynolds was an Associate with General Atlantic Partners, a private equity firm focused on late stage software and service businesses. Prior to joining General Atlantic, Mr. Reynolds was a member of the mergers and acquisitions group at Lazard Freres & Co, where he focused on the technology and telecom industries. Mr. Reynolds is currently on the Board of Directors of Embanet, Global 360, OSIsoft, Seismic Micro-Technology, Solarc, and Webroot. Mr. Reynolds also serves as a Trustee of Holderness School in Plymouth, NH. Mr. Reynolds received an A.B. in Geography from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School where he earned Beta Gamma Sigma honors.
|Andrew H. Tisch|
|Mr. Tisch joined us as a director in August 2001 and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors from May 2007 to June 2012. Since 1985, Mr. Tisch has been a director of Loews Corporation, and is Co-chairman of its board,
Chairman of its executive committee and, since 1999, has been a member of its Office of the President. Mr. Tisch engages in numerous public service activities including, serving as Vice Chairman of Cornell University and as a trustee of the Brookings Institution. Mr. Tisch has also served as a director of CNA Financial Corporation since 2006, and as a director of Texas Gas Transmission, LLC and Boardwalk Pipelines, LLC since 2005. Mr. Tisch previously served as a director of Bulova Corporation from 1979 to 2008 and as a director of Lord & Taylor from 2006 to 2008. Mr. Tisch holds a B.S. in Hotel Administration from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University. Mr. Tisch was selected as a director because of his experience having served as president or chairman of various multinational companies over his career in addition to his membership on various boards of directors of public companies which allows him to provide the Board of Directors with leadership and a variety of perspectives on important strategic issues. The Board of Directors also benefits from his involvement in higher education and non-profit sectors.