President and Chief Operating Officer, CEO-Elect Mark R. Bierley

Mark R. Bierley

Mark R. Bierley is appointed CEO of Learning Care Group, effective July 1, 2019. Learning Care Group is the second-largest for-profit early education and care provider in North America, operating more than 900 schools in 36 states, the District of Columbia and internationally. As CEO, Mark is responsible for all aspects of the company’s strategy, leadership and operations.

Bierley has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the company since July 2016. In this role, he leads more than 20,000 Learning Care Group employees in delivering operational excellence to the families served throughout a portfolio of school brands: Childtime, The Children’s Courtyard, Creative Kids Learning Centers, Everbrook Academy, La Petite Academy, Montessori Unlimited and Tutor Time.

Since joining Learning Care Group as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in 2012, Bierley has focused on developing and providing a high quality early childhood education experience, delivering outstanding customer service and driving profitable revenue growth. Leveraging innovative technologies and analytics, Bierley has instilled operational best practices and process improvements to create a positive transformation in every aspect of the company.

As CFO, Bierley was instrumental in leading numerous refinancing endeavors and effectively deploying capital that has fueled the company’s rapid growth. He was integral to the successful sale of Learning Care Group to American Securities in 2014.

Bierley’s career encompasses more than 25 years of executive financial and operations leadership experience. Prior to joining Learning Care Group, Bierley served as CFO and Senior Vice President of The Pantry Inc., one of the largest independently operated convenience store chains in the U.S. Previously, he held a variety of leadership positions at Borders Inc., including Executive Vice President, CFO and COO. His experience also encompasses roles in the financial departments at Dunham’s Sporting Goods and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He has been widely recognized for mentoring high-performance executives.

Bierley holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is a certified public accountant.

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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 and Chief Operating Officer, CEO-Elect

Mark R. Bierley is appointed CEO of Learning Care Group, effective July 1, 2019. Learning Care Group is the second-largest for-profit early education and care provider in North America, operating more than 900 schools in 36 states, the District of Columbia and internationally. As CEO, Mark is responsible for all aspects of the company’s strategy, leadership and operations.

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Nicholas StrangeChief Operating Officer

Nicholas Strange is appointed Chief Operating Officer of Learning Care Group, effective April 1, 2019.

In this role, he will oversee the operational activities for more than 900 schools in the company’s portfolio of brands: Childtime, The Children’s Courtyard, Creative Kids Learning Centers, Everbrook Academy, La Petite Academy, Montessori Unlimited and Tutor Time.

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Douglas R. BakerChief Financial Officer

Douglas R. Baker is Chief Financial Officer at Learning Care Group, a position he has held since September 2017.

As CFO, Baker leads Learning Care Group's Finance, IT and Real Estate functions in addition to its strategic growth initiatives as the company furthers its leadership role among childcare...

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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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Daniel Follis, Jr.General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

Daniel Follis, Jr. has served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Learning Care Group since September 2016.

Follis leads all aspects of legal, compliance and regulatory affairs for Learning Care Group throughout the U.S. and internationally...

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Judy FimianiChief Human Resources Officer

Judy Fimiani is Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at Learning Care Group, a role she has held since July 2018.

As CHRO, Fimiani oversees an HR organization that provides stewardship of the company culture and engages a workforce of more than 20,000 employees. She is...

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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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