Leadership

Laureate Education, Inc. is led by an international team of educators and executives with broad experience in academics and business. Our leaders are educated at top academic institutions and have experience working at prominent global businesses. Rectors, presidents, and deans from some of higher education’s most respected institutions worldwide are also part of our valued team.

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 Leadership Team

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Eilif Serck-Hanssen, President and Chief Executive Officer

Eilif Serck-Hanssen serves as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Laureate Education, Inc. and has been a member of the executive team for over a decade. Eilif leads Laureate’s executive team and develops the company’s long-term goals and strategies by working with the Board of Directors and Laureate’s leadership. 

Prior to his appointment to the position of CEO in 2018, Eilif served as Laureate’s President and Chief Administrative Officer, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Before joining Laureate, Eilif had a successful career in the airline industry. He served as CFO and president of international operations at XOJET, Inc., and was part of the team that founded premium airline, Eos Airlines, Inc., where he served as its executive vice president and CFO.

Prior to starting Eos Airlines, Eilif served in several 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, Eilif spent over five years with PepsiCo, Inc. in various international locations, and three years with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (formerly Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte) in London. 

Eilif holds an M.B.A. in finance from 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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Rick Buskirk, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Rick Buskirk serves as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Laureate Education, Inc., a role he has held since April 2021. Rick is responsible for the company’s financial strategy, including leading its corporate function, and ensuring Laureate and its institutions achieve financial success.

Rick previously led Laureate’s Financial Planning and Analysis organization as well as multiple financial transformation initiatives for the company. He also served as Laureate’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, playing an integral role in managing the company’s strategic review process and overall portfolio optimization strategies.

Prior to joining Laureate in 2015, Rick was a CPA with EY, an investment banker with Deutsche Bank, and worked for multiple global brands, including Vodafone, NII Holdings, Inc. (formerly Nextel International), and Sprint/Nextel in a range of financial, strategy and operations positions.

Rick holds a dual M.B.A. from Columbia University and London Business School and a B.S. in accounting from the University of Maryland.

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Tim Grace, Chief Human Resources Officer

Tim Grace serves as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for Laureate Education, Inc., a role he was appointed to upon joining the company in May 2018. Tim leads Laureate’s human resources strategy, including talent acquisition and management. Tim also co-chairs Laureate’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and champions company-wide efforts to deepen a commitment to this work. 

Prior to joining Laureate, Tim served as the Global CHRO for Toys’R’Us. He has also held global HR management roles with the L’Oréal Group, where he served as Group Vice President of HR, as well as HR roles at Schindler Elevator Corporation, Wise Foods, Grand Metropolitan (now Diageo), and in the Frito Lay division of PepsiCo.

Tim holds a B.A. in industrial psychology from the State University of New York at Fredonia and earned an M.S. in industrial and labor relations at West Virginia University.

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Rick Sinkfield , Chief Legal Officer and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer

Rick Sinkfield serves as Chief Legal Officer and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer for Laureate Education, Inc., a role he has held since June 2020. Rick is responsible for all legal affairs, corporate governance, corporate compliance, and all regulatory matters. Rick also co-chairs Laureate’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and champions company-wide efforts to deepen a commitment to this work. 

Rick joined Laureate in 2004 and has held several senior leadership positions, including serving as Laureate’s Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Latin America and Regional General Counsel for Brazil.

Prior to joining Laureate, Rick practiced law at several top U.S. law firms, including the Washington DC offices of Sidley Austin LLP and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. He has taught as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School and has served on multiple non-profit boards in the United States and across Latin America.

Rick completed his undergraduate study at Georgetown University in the School of Foreign Service and completed a JD at Harvard Law School where he also held the position of Supervising Editor of the Harvard Law Review.

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Marcelo Cardoso, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Marcelo Cardoso serves as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Laureate Education, Inc., a role he has held since June 2021. Marcelo oversees operations in Mexico and Peru, as well as the leadership of Laureate’s Academic Quality organization.

Prior to his current role, Marcelo held several senior positions within Laureate, including Chief Transformation Officer, Regional Vice President of Operations for Brazil, and Chief Executive Officer of Laureate Brazil.

Before joining Laureate in 2011, Marcelo served as Latin America Vice President, Business Operations & CFO for Dell EMC Computer Systems and held senior leadership positions at Johnson Controls.

Marcelo holds an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil) and an M.B.A. in management from the University of Michigan.

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Juan José Hurtado, Chief Executive Officer, Laureate Mexico

Juan José Hurtado serves as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Laureate Mexico, a role he has held since January 2020. Juan José manages strategy and operations in Mexico and works with the executive team to carry out long-term projects and goals.

Prior to his current role, Juan José served as SVP, Global Operations and Learning Innovation, CEO of Central America, and VP for Human Resources in the Latin America Region. Juan José also previously held leadership positions at Unilever. 

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

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Jesus Villate, Chief Executive Officer, Latin America (Spanish Speaking Countries)

Jesus Villate serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Laureate Latin America, Spanish-speaking countries. Jesus leads Laureate’s institutions in the region to prepare them for new strategic and technological challenges, working with executive teams to manage growth plans and long-term development.

Jesus has served in multiple executive positions within Laureate spanning more than 17 years, including Vice President of Business Development for Latin America, President and CEO of Instituto Profesional AIEP in Chile, and CEO of Laureate for the Andean and Iberian regions, among others. During this time, he helped consolidate each of the institutions as leaders in their segments and strengthen their operational and academic position.

Before joining Laureate, Jesus served as Managing Director of MCI, Inc. (now Verizon) for Southern South America.

Jesus holds a degree in economics from Universidad del País Vasco (Spain) and an M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

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, President and Chief Executive Officer

Eilif Serck-Hanssen serves as our President and 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.

Committee Composition

Corporate Governance Documents