Chief Executive Officer Barbara J. Beck

Barbara J. Beck

Barbara Beck is Chief Executive Officer of Learning Care Group, the second largest for-profit early childhood educator in North America. Learning Care Group (LCG) operates more than 900 schools across the U.S. with the capacity to serve more than 130,000 children between the ages of six weeks and 13 years. More than 18,000 employees share LCG's mission of providing innovative early childhood education solutions to the families and children served through six unique brands: La Petite Academy, Childtime Learning Centers, Tutor Time, The Children's Courtyard, Montessori Unlimited and Everbrook Academy.

Barbara joined LCG as its top executive in March 2011. In this position, she is focused on building a customer-centric culture based on educational excellence and outstanding quality. Under Barbara's leadership, LCG is enhancing its entire educational portfolio and providing a School Readiness Pathway as a foundation for children's life-long academic success. Designed to meet each child's individual needs, this suite of programs supports intellectual, social, emotional and physical development while inspiring a love of learning. Barbara also champions the company's comprehensive healthy lifestyle initiative called “Grow Fit®,” aimed to ensure children have the energy to learn, to prevent childhood obesity and to avoid chronic disease later in life.

Prior to joining LCG, Barbara was President of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) operations at Manpower, Inc., the $22 Billion employment services company. This region was the largest business unit within Manpower generating 39% of total corporate revenues with 11,000 employees across 30 countries. Under Barbara's five-year tenure as President, EMEA revenues grew from $5 to $8.95 Billion and profits doubled. She originally joined Manpower in January 2002 as Executive Vice President of Manpower's $3 Billion North American business unit, where profits realized a 120% increase.

Earlier, Barbara spent 15 years with Sprint, the global communications provider, in a variety of roles including Area Vice President and General Manager for the western United States. Her tenure included leadership of numerous business units: technical sales and applications engineering; business development; customer service; operations; technical support and program management.

A strong advocate of women's issues, Barbara is a member of the Harvard University Women's Leadership Board, working to advance women globally through leadership, advocacy and dialogue on public policy. From 2007 to 2011, she served on the Davos, Switzerland based World Economic Forum's Women Leaders Advisory Board, dedicated to establishing strategies to improve women's lives on a global basis.

Since 2008, Barbara has been a member of the Board of Directors of Ecolab, the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. She has served on their Finance, Compensation, Governance and Environmental Committees.

Barbara holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in education from the University of Colorado. Board certification was obtained from the Harvard Business School.

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Barbara J. BeckChief Executive Officer

Barbara Beck is Chief Executive Officer of Learning Care Group, the second largest for-profit early childhood educator in North America. Learning Care Group (LCG) operates more than 900 schools across the U.S. with the capacity to serve more than 130,000 children between the ages of six weeks and 13 years. More than 17,000 employees share LCG's mission of...

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Mark R. BierleyPresident & Chief Operating Officer;
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Mark R. Bierley is President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Learning Care Group, a position he has held since July 2016.

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Dr. Susan CanizaresChief Academic Officer

Susan Canizares, Ph.D., is Chief Academic Officer of Learning Care Group. In this role, Susan is responsible for leading all aspects of the educational mission of Learning Care Group, including refining curricula and the policies and practices that address academic achievement. Reporting directly to the CEO, she works closely with the company's school directors and...

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Scott W. SmithChief Human Resources Officer

Scott W. Smith has served as Chief Human Resources Officer at Learning Care Group since 2005, having previously served as Vice President of Human Resources since 2002.

Prior to joining Learning Care Group, Scott was the Vice President of Human Resources for Glotel, PLC, a human capital solutions provider located in London, England, where...

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Sean SondrealChief Marketing Officer

Sean Sondreal has 20 years of leadership experience in marketing, ecommerce and sales. Sondreal is responsible for leading Learning Care Group’s marketing efforts by effectively connecting with customers to drive new enrollments and further strengthen customer loyalty throughout its umbrella of brands.

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Ira L. YoungGeneral Counsel

Ira L. Young has served as General Counsel to Learning Care Group since 2002. From 1999-2002 he served as General Counsel to Tutor Time Learning Systems, Inc. having joined that company in 1998 as Litigation Counsel. As General Counsel, Ira oversees all legal affairs of the Company including governance, intellectual property, franchise compliance, franchisee...

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