NOVI, Mich., July 18, 2016 – Learning Care Group, Inc. announces today that Mark R. Bierley is appointed President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) effective immediately. 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.
Since joining Learning Care Group as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in 2012, Bierley has been instrumental in cultivating a high caliber Finance team, 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.
“Mark has been a true partner in driving our company’s outstanding results,” said Barbara Beck, CEO, Learning Care Group. “We look forward to leveraging his talents in this new role as we further grow our business, build strong relationships with the families we serve and provide a solid educational foundation for our children to reach their full potential.”
Bierley assumes COO responsibilities from Erin Wallace, who is returning to the hospitality industry. He will continue to report to Learning Care Group CEO Barbara Beck.
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.
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.
About Learning Care Group, Inc.
Learning Care Group is a leader in early child education and care, with nearly 50 years of experience in inspiring children to love learning. Headquartered in Novi, Mich., the company provides early education and care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years through six unique brands: The Children’s Courtyard, Childtime Learning Centers, Everbrook Academy, La Petite Academy, Montessori Unlimited, and Tutor Time Child Care/Learning Centers. It operates more than 900 schools (corporate and franchise) across 36 states, the District of Columbia and internationally, and has a capacity to serve more than 130,000 children. Learning Care Group’s proprietary School Readiness Pathway supports the development of the academic and social skills needed for a smooth transition to elementary school. For more information, please visit www.learningcaregroup.com
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Lydia Cisaruk – Director of Communications
Learning Care Group