Mark R. Bierley
President 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.
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.