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Date of Report (Date
of earliest event reported) January 8, 2013
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8 – Other Events
8.01 Other Events
8, 2013, Kaplan, Inc., a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company, issued the
press release attached as Exhibit 99.1. The text of such Exhibit is hereby
incorporated by reference into this Item 8.01.
9 – Financial Statements and Exhibits
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
99.1 Kaplan, Inc. Press release dated January 8, 2013
Appoints Tom Leppert as President and COO
Former Dallas mayor and Turner Corporation
brings business and public sector acumen to
Lauderdale, FL—January 8, 2013—Kaplan, Inc., a leading international
provider of educational services and a subsidiary of The Washington Post
Company (NYSE: WPO), today announced the appointment of Thomas C. Leppert as
president and chief operating officer.
former mayor of Dallas, chairman and CEO of The Turner Corporation, the largest
commercial builder in the United States, and McKinsey & Co. Principal,
Leppert brings deep and extensive business and public sector experience to
Kaplan. As president and COO, Leppert will assume day-to-day oversight of the
company’s operating divisions: Kaplan Test Prep and Kaplan Higher Education in
the United States, and Kaplan International based in London, UK and with
operations across Europe, Asia, and Australia. He will report to Kaplan
Chairman and CEO Andrew S. Rosen.
said: “Tom’s exceptional track
record of accomplishments in both private business and the public sector makes
him an ideal choice to help position Kaplan for sustained growth in a period of
dynamic change and opportunity in the educational marketplace. He has been
enormously successful in multiple industries and roles, always based on
integrity and quality.”
said: “Over the years, as a leader
in both the public and private sector, as well as in my personal life, I have
developed a deep commitment to education. I understand its
the future of our country and the world, and I have seen how education has the
power to transform lives. This opportunity to be personally involved in
influencing education, to improve individual lives, and to help lead a company
that is changing the educational landscape at a time when our country and the
world needs educational innovation, is unique and compelling.”
Leppert was the mayor of Dallas, TX, the ninth largest city in the United
States, from 2007-2011. In that role, Leppert aggressively pursued policies that dramatically
improved the quality of life in Dallas. In the areas of public safety,
economic development, education and the environment, Dallas emerged as one of
the focal points in the nation. He was actively involved in education,
pioneering a number of innovative educational programs.
his mayoralty, Leppert was a candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S.
Senate in 2012.
public career followed 30 years in the private sector, working in the
construction, homebuilding, real estate, and financial services industries.
During his tenure as CEO from 1999 to 2006, The Turner Corporation’s revenues
grew from $4 billion to nearly $9 billion and total returns increased
significantly. He led the entry into new markets and initiated Turner
University, an innovative internal, online training program for its 7,000 plus
to Turner, Leppert held a number of business leadership positions, including
vice chairman of Pacific Century Financial Corporation and its major
subsidiary, the Bank of Hawaii, and president and CEO of Castle & Cooke
Properties, Inc., both in Honolulu, HI, and a national partner at Trammell Crow
Company. He began his career at McKinsey & Co. where he was elected a
Principal of the firm.
Leppert was appointed by President Reagan as a White House Fellow
in 1984. He served
as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Treasury and a member of the
staff, Office of Policy Development, The White House.
holds an MBA with Distinction from the Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s
in liberal arts from Claremont McKenna College.
has been an active leader in civic and community organizations, including
chairing the Greater Dallas Regional Chamber, the Hawaii Business Roundtable
and the Bishop Museum. He has served on the boards of Baylor Healthcare System,
the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Citizens Council, Dallas Zoological
Society, and the National Building Museum, among others.
been actively involved in a wide range of educational institutions ranging from
chairing the West Dallas Community School, an acclaimed K-8 school in one of
the lowest income areas of the nation, to serving on the boards of Episcopal
School of Dallas, Claremont McKenna College, and Harvard Business School
Inc. is a leading international provider of educational and career services for
individuals, schools, and businesses. Kaplan serves students of all ages
through a wide array of offerings including higher education, test preparation,
professional training and programs for kids in grades K through 12. Kaplan is a
subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO) and its largest division.
For more information, please visit www.kaplan.com.