Meet Our Management Team

Laureate Education, Inc. is led by an international team of educators and executives with broad experience in academics and business. These include leaders educated at leading institutions such as Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago Booth, and Oxford University, and with experience from global businesses such as Merrill Lynch, PepsiCo, General Electric, Northwest Airlines and Unilever, as well as rectors, presidents and deans from higher education’s most respected institutions worldwide.

Each Laureate university has its own academic advisory board, pooling the academic and professional expertise of its members to ensure career-relevant education for all students in the Laureate International Universities network.

Executive Management

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Eilif Serck-Hanssen, Chief Executive Officer

Eilif Serck-Hanssen serves as Chief Executive Officer, a position he has held since January 2018. From March 2017 to January 2018, Mr. Serck-Hanssen served as our President and Chief Administrative Officer. From July 2008 through March 2017, he served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. From February 2008 until July 2008, he served as chief financial officer and president of international operations at XOJET, Inc. In January 2005, he was part of the team that founded Eos Airlines, Inc., a premium airline, and until February 2008, he served as its executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Prior to starting Eos Airlines, Mr. Serck-Hanssen served in several financial executive positions at US Airways, Inc. (now American Airlines, Inc.) and Northwest Airlines, Inc. (now Delta Airlines, Inc.), including serving as a senior vice president and Treasurer of US Airways, Inc. Prior to joining the airline industry, he spent over five years with PepsiCo, Inc., in various international locations and three years with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (formerly Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte) in London.

Mr. Serck-Hanssen earned his M.B.A. in finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a B.A. in management science from the University of Kent at Canterbury (United Kingdom), and a B.S. in civil engineering from the Bergen University College (Norway). He is an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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Ricardo Berckemeyer, President and Chief Operating Officer

Ricardo Berckemeyer serves as President and Chief Operating Officer, a position he has held since January 2018. Previously, Mr. Berckemeyer served as our Chief Operating Officer from March 2017 to January 2018. From 2012 to 2017, he served as Chief Executive Officer, Latin America. From 2011 through 2012, he served as Chief Executive Officer of the Andean Region. From 2002 to 2010, he served as Senior Vice President for South America within Laureate's Latin American operations, where he had responsibility for business development in South America.

Mr. Berckemeyer received a bachelor's degree in economics from Universidad del Pacifico (Peru) and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Marcelo B. Cardoso, Chief Transformation Officer

Marcelo B. Cardoso serves as our Chief Transformation Officer (CTO), effective March 2019. Mr. Cardoso has been with Laureate since 2011, holding several leadership positions across our Brazil operations, starting as VP, Business Development and M&A, to his most recent role as Regional VP, Operations at Laureate Brazil. Previous to Laureate, Mr. Cardoso served as Latin America Vice President, Business Ops & CFO for Dell EMC Computer Systems and held senior leadership positions at Johnson Controls.

Mr. Cardoso holds an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil) and an MBA in management from University of Michigan.

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Jean-Jacques Charhon, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Jean-Jacques Charhon serves as our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective January 2018. Previously, Mr. Charhon spent eight years with General Electric (GE) in senior financial positions, culminating in his role as CFO of GE Healthcare for the Americas. He was Hewlett Packard’s CFO of Personal Systems, and then COO of its Enterprise Services division. He worked for Novartis with responsibilities as CFO for Consumer Health and as head of financial planning and analysis, and investor relations. Most recently, he was CFO at Purdue Pharma.

Mr. Charhon holds a French Baccalaureate in Math, Physics, and Chemistry from the French Lycée of Brussels, and a Commercial Engineering degree from the Solvay School of Management at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

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Timothy P. Grace, Chief Human Resources Officer

Timothy P. Grace serves as our Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), effective May 28, 2018. Previously, Mr. Grace served as the Global CHRO for Toys“R”Us. He has also held global HR management roles with the L’Oreal Group, where he served as Group Vice President of HR, as well as HR roles within Schindler Elevator Corporation, Wise Foods, Grand Metropolitan (now Diageo), and in the Frito Lay division of PepsiCo.

Mr. Grace holds a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Psychology from State University of New York at Fredonia and earned a Master of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations at West Virginia University.

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Juan José Hurtado, Senior Vice President, Global Operations & Learning and Innovation

Juan José Hurtado is Senior Vice President, Global Operations & Learning and Innovation since February 2018. He was Laureate’s CEO for Central America from 2014 to 2017, and served as Vice President for Human Resources for the Latin America Region from 2012 to 2014. Mr. Hurtado brings more than 25 years of experience in Human Resources, as well as experience as an operator and senior manager. He was Vice President for Human Resources and Corporate Affairs at Unilever in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America from 2003 to 2012.

Mr. Hurtado holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Lima University in Peru, and his M.B.A. from IESE (University of Navarra) in Barcelona, Spain.

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Jose Roberto Loureiro, CEO, Brazil

Jose Roberto Loureiro serves as Laureate Brazil’s CEO since 2012. Mr. Loureiro is an active member of the creation of an association (ABRAES), to approach the government to the educational market, and today serves as a member of its Board of Directors. Previously, he served as COO at Laureate Brazil from 2010 to 2012, and has 30 years of experience in leadership positions – including 21 as CEO – in companies such as Metlife Brasil from 2005 to 2010 and CitiInsurance Brasil (Citigroup) from 2001 to 2005.

Mr. Loureiro has a degree in Business Administration and specializations in Insurance Management (FGV), Strategic Leadership (London Business School) and Strategic Innovation, Growth and Market Intelligence (Harvard Business School).

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Victoria Silbey, Senior Vice President, Secretary and Chief Legal Officer

Victoria Silbey serves as Senior Vice President, Secretary, and Chief Legal Officer, a position she has held since September 2017. Ms. Silbey is responsible for all global legal affairs, corporate governance, regulatory matters, and ethics and compliance. She has more than 25 years of legal experience, as well as expertise in business and technology. She spent nearly 20 years at SunGard Data Systems Inc., a global software and services company, where she was the Chief Legal Officer and Senior Vice President. Previously, she was an attorney with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Ms. Silbey holds a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University, as well as a Master of Philosophy degree from Oxford University.

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Paula Singer, CEO of Walden and Laureate Online Partners

Paula Singer joined Laureate in 1993. Ms. Singer has served as CEO of Walden and Laureate Online Partners since February 2018. From July 2017 to February 2018, she served as Chief of Learning and Innovation. From January 2015 to July 2017 she served as Chief Network Officer. From 2011 to December 2015, she served as Chief Executive Officer of Global Products and Services. From July 2001 to January 2011, she served as President of the Laureate Higher Education Group.

Ms. Singer earned a B.S. in education from the University of Connecticut.

Board of Directors

Brian F. Carroll, Director

Brian F. Carroll is the managing partner of Carroll Capital LLC. He was, through 2016, a member of KKR, a global alternative asset manager. He joined KKR in 1995 and was head of the consumer and retail teams in Europe. He was also a member of the European Investment Committee. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Carroll was with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, where he worked on a broad range of high yield financing, corporate finance and merchant banking transactions. In the past five years, Mr. Carroll has served as a member of the board of directors of Flowgroup Plc, Pets at Home Group Plc, Cognita, Northgate Information Solutions, SMCP and Afriflora. Mr. Carroll earned a B.S. and B.A.S. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Mr. Carroll has been a Director and the Chairman of the Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors since July 2007.

Andrew B. Cohen, Director

Andrew B. Cohen is the chief investment officer and co-founder of Cohen Private Ventures, LLC, which invests long-term capital, primarily in direct private investments and other opportunistic transactions, and manages family office activities, on behalf of Steven A. Cohen. From 2002 to 2005 and from 2010 to 2014, Mr. Cohen was an analyst and portfolio manager at S.A.C. Capital Advisors, L.P., an investment management firm and the predecessor to Cohen Private Ventures, LLC. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Cohen was a managing director and partner of Dune Capital Management LP, an investment management firm. Mr. Cohen began his career at Morgan Stanley, where he was an analyst in the real estate department and principal investing group (MSREF) and then an associate in the mergers and acquisitions group after business school. Mr. Cohen currently is a director of Republic First Bancorp, Inc. and serves as a member of the boards of directors of several private companies. He also serves on the National Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Painting and Sculpture Committee of The Whitney Museum of American Art. In the past five years, Mr. Cohen has served as a member of the board of directors of Kadmon Holdings, Inc. Mr. Cohen earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Cohen has been a director since June 2013.

William L. Cornog, Director

William L. Cornog joined KKR Capstone, a consulting firm that provides services to KKR portfolio companies, in 2002 and currently serves as the managing partner of KKR Capstone. Mr. Cornog serves as a member of KKR's Americas, EMEA, APAC, Infrastructure, TMT Growth Portfolio Management, Investment & Distribution and Valuation Committees. Prior to joining KKR Capstone, Mr. Cornog was with Williams Communications Group as the senior vice president and general manager of network services. Prior to Williams Communications Group, Mr. Cornog was a partner at The Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Cornog also has worked in direct marketing with Age Wave Communications and in marketing and sales positions with SmithKline Beckman. Mr. Cornog currently is a director of GE Appliances (and a member of its compensation committee) and serves as a member of the board of directors of a private company. Mr. Cornog earned a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr Cornog has been a Director since February 2017 and the Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of our Board of Directors since January 2018.

Pedro del Corro, Director

Pedro del Corro is a member of Torreal, S.A. (“Torreal”), one of the largest private investment firms in Spain. He joined Torreal in 1990 and is currently a managing director and a member of its board. Prior to joining Torreal, Mr. del Corro held various positions with Procter & Gamble in Spain, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Portugal. Mr. del Corro currently is a director of each of Arbarin Sicav, S.A. and Inversiones Naira Sicav, S.A. In the past five years, he has served as a member of the boards of directors of Universidad Europea de Madrid, S.L.U., Imagina and Saba Infraestructuras. Mr. del Corro earned a law degree from the Universidad de Deusto and a business administration degree from ICADE Business School—Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Mr. del Corro has been a Director since February 2017.

Michael J. Durham, Director

Michael J. Durham has been a member of the board of directors and chairman of the audit committee of Travelport Worldwide Limited since 2014. From 2000 to 2012, Mr. Durham was the president and chief executive officer of Cognizant Associates (“Cognizant”), a consulting company he founded. Before founding Cognizant, Mr. Durham served as director, president and chief executive officer of The Sabre Group, Inc. (“Sabre”), then a NYSE-listed company providing information technology services to the travel industry. Mr. Durham held those positions from October 1996, the date of Sabre’s initial public offering, until October 1999. Prior to that, Mr. Durham worked at AMR Corp./American Airlines, serving as the senior vice president and treasurer of AMR Corporation and the senior vice president of finance and the chief financial officer of American Airlines until he assumed the position of president of Sabre. In the past five years, Mr. Durham has served as a member of the boards of directors of Cambridge Capital Acquisition Corp. and The Hertz Corporation. Mr. Durham earned a B.A. from the University of Rochester and an M.B.A. from Cornell University. Mr. Durham has been a Director since April 2017.

Kenneth W. Freeman, Chairman of the Board

Kenneth W. Freeman has served as the Chairman of our Board of Directors since January 2019. Mr. Freeman was named Dean Emeritus of Boston University Questrom School of Business in September 2018 after serving as the Allen Questrom Professor and Dean from August 2010 to September 2018. Mr. Freeman served as a senior advisor of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (together with its affiliates, "KKR") from August 2010 through December 2014. From October 2009 to August 2010, Mr. Freeman was a member of KKR Management LLC, the general partner of KKR & Co. L.P. Mr. Freeman was a member of the limited liability company that served as the general partner of KKR from 2007. He joined the firm as the managing director in May 2005. From May 2004 to December 2004, Mr. Freeman was the chairman of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, and from January 1996 to May 2004, he served as the chairman and chief executive officer of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated. From May 1995 to December 1996, Mr. Freeman was the president and chief executive officer of Corning Clinical Laboratories, the predecessor company to Quest Diagnostics Incorporated. Prior to that, he served in various general management and financial roles with Corning Incorporated. Mr. Freeman currently is a director of the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership. In the past five years, Mr. Freeman has served as chairman of the board of trustees of Bucknell University, chairman of the Graduate Management Admissions Council, chairman of Lake Region Medical, Inc. and as a member of the board of directors of HCA Holdings, Inc. (now known as HCA Healthcare, Inc.). Mr. Freeman earned a BSBA from Bucknell University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. Freeman has been a Director since April 2017.

Eilif Serck-Hanssen, Chief Executive Officer

Eilif Serck-Hanssen serves as our Chief Executive Officer, a position he has held since January 2018. From March 2017 through December 2017, Mr. Serck-Hanssen served as our President and Chief Administrative Officer, as well as our Chief Financial Officer. From July 2008 through March 2017, Mr. Serck-Hanssen served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. From February 2008 until July 2008, Mr. Serck-Hanssen served as chief financial officer and president of international operations at XOJET, Inc. In January 2005, Mr. Serck-Hanssen was part of the team that founded Eos Airlines, Inc., a premium airline, and until February 2008, Mr. Serck-Hanssen served as its executive vice president and chief financial officer. Prior to starting Eos Airlines, Mr. Serck-Hanssen served in several financial executive positions at US Airways, Inc. (now American Airlines, Inc.) and Northwest Airlines, Inc. (now Delta Airlines, Inc.), including serving as a senior vice president and treasurer of US Airways, Inc. Prior to joining the airline industry, Mr. Serck-Hanssen spent over five years with PepsiCo, Inc., in various international locations and three years with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (formerly Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte) in London. He is an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Mr. Serck-Hanssen earned a B.A. from the University of Kent at Canterbury (United Kingdom), a B.S. from the Bergen University College (Norway), and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Mr. Serck-Hanssen has been a Director since January 2018.

George Muñoz, Director

George Muñoz has been a principal in the Washington, D.C.-based investment banking firm Muñoz Investment Banking Group, LLC since 2001. Mr. Muñoz has also been a partner in the Chicago-based law firm Tobin & Muñoz, LLC since 2002. Mr. Muñoz served as the president and chief executive officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation from 1997 to January 2001. Mr. Muñoz was the chief financial officer and assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department from 1993 until 1997. Mr. Muñoz is a certified public accountant and an attorney. Mr. Muñoz served three terms as president of the Chicago Board of Education in the mid-1980s. Mr. Muñoz has taught courses in globalization at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and is co-author of the book "Renewing the American Dream: A Citizen's Guide for Restoring of Competitive Advantage." Mr. Muñoz currently is a director of each of Marriott International, Inc. (and a member of its audit committee), Altria Group, Inc. and Anixter International, Inc. (and a member of its compensation committee), and a trustee of the National Geographic Society. Mr. Muñoz earned a B.B.A. from the University of Texas, a J.D. and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University, and a LL.M. in Taxation from DePaul University. Mr. Muñoz has been a Director since March 2013 and the Chairman of the Audit Committee of our Board of Directors since August 2013.

Dr. Judith Rodin, Director

Dr. Judith Rodin served as the president of The Rockefeller Foundation from March 2005 to January 2017. The foundation supports efforts to combat global social, economic, health and environmental challenges. From 1994 to 2004, Dr. Rodin served as the president of the University of Pennsylvania. Before that, Dr. Rodin chaired the Department of Psychology at Yale University, and also served as the dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and provost, and served as a faculty member at the university for 22 years. Dr. Rodin currently is a director of each of Citigroup Inc. (and a member of its compensation committee) and Comcast Corporation (and a member of its audit and compensation committees) and serves as a member of the boards of directors of several private companies. From 1997 to 2013, Dr. Rodin served as a member of the board of directors of AMR Corporation. Dr. Rodin earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. Dr. Rodin has been a Director since December 2013.

Ian K. Snow, Director

Ian K. Snow is the chief executive officer and a co-founding partner of Snow Phipps Group, LLC (“Snow Phipps”), a private equity firm. Prior to the formation of Snow Phipps in April 2005, Mr. Snow was a managing director at Ripplewood Holdings L.L.C., a private equity firm, where he worked from its inception in 1995 until March 2005. He currently serves as a director of each of the following private companies in which Snow Phipps holds an equity interest: Blackhawk Industrial Distribution, Inc., Brook & Whittle Limited, Cascade Environmental LLC, DecoPac, Inc., ECRM, LLC, Electric Guard Dog, LLC, FeraDyne Outdoors, LLC, HCTec, Inc., Ideal Tridon Holdings, Inc., Kele, Inc. and Teasdale Foods, Inc. From 1996 until 2007, Mr. Snow served as a member of the board of directors of Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. (and, from 2006 until 2007, a member of its audit committee). Mr. Snow earned a B.A., with honors, from Georgetown University. Mr. Snow has been a Director since July 2007.

Steven M. Taslitz, Director

Steven M. Taslitz has served since 1983 as the chairman of Sterling Partners, a private equity firm he co-founded with Douglas L. Becker and others. Mr. Taslitz currently serves as a director of each of the following privately held companies in which Sterling Partners holds an equity interest: Black Rifle Coffee Company, LLC, Innovation Holdings, LLC, Surgical Solutions, LLC, Prospect Mortgage, LLC, Wengen Investments Limited, Sterling Fund Management, LLC, Secondary Opportunity Book, LLC, Sterling Venture Partners, LLC, Sterling Capital Partners, LLC, Sterling Capital Partners II, LLC, Sterling Capital Partners III, LLC, SC Partners III AIV One GP Corporation, Sterling Partners 2009, LLC and Sterling Capital Partners IV, LLC. Mr. Taslitz also serves as a member of the compensation committees of the boards of directors of each of these companies. From April 2005 to October 2012, Mr. Taslitz served as a member of the boards of directors of Ameritox Ltd. and Ameritox Testing Management, Inc. Mr. Taslitz earned a B.A., with honors, from the University of Illinois. Mr. Taslitz has been a Director since July 2007.

Committee Composition

Corporate Governance Documents