Tom Wyatt Named New CEO of Knowledge Universe - United States

20 January 2012

Wyatt to bring his passion for changing lives through the power of education to nation’s largest private provider of early education brands

Portland, OR (January 19, 2012) –  Knowledge Universe®-United States, the nation’s largest private provider of early childhood education and care, has named John Thomson (Tom) Wyatt as new Chief Executive Officer.   In this role, Wyatt will lead Portland, Oregon-based Knowledge Universe-US, the parent company of the KinderCare, Champions, Knowledge Beginnings, Cambridge Schools and The Grove School brands.  Collectively, they provide early learning and school-age programs to nearly 200,000 children in more than 1,600 locations and over 400 programs around the country.  Knowledge Universe-US is the largest business in the Knowledge Universe global education organization.

Wyatt brings a successful track record of business growth to Knowledge Universe-US.  His experience leading consumer-driven companies includes:  Gap Inc., Cutter and Buck, Warnaco, Saks and VF Corporation.  Most recently, he was President of Old Navy, Gap Inc.’s $5 billion value brand based in San Francisco, CA.  Under his leadership the brand made significant strides to redefine and connect with its target customer, creating compelling store experiences across more than 1,000 North American locations and revitalizing its fun, family-based value proposition.
“We are thrilled to have Tom join the Knowledge Universe family.  His personal passion for education combined with his strong business acumen will provide the leadership direction we need to meet the educational needs of our families and position our company for continued success,” said Michael Neumann, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Knowledge Universe-US.   “Tom’s leadership style and vision will also be key in leading the over 31,000 dedicated educators and staff who bring deep expertise in developing the best curriculum and delivering the best educational experience to our children and families that we serve every day.”

“This chance to impact children’s lives through the power of education is an opportunity that presents itself once in a lifetime.   Knowledge Universe-US is making a real difference in education today, and I am thrilled to take on this exciting new role,” said Tom Wyatt, CEO Knowledge Universe-US.  “We are in a crucial position to help ensure that this country’s young children are equipped with the skills and confidence they need to excel through their learning years.  Success in school at an early age leads to success in later years and plays an important role in both social and economic well-being.”

Knowledge Universe is one of the largest employers in Portland, as well as one of the largest employers of educators nationwide. It recently was rated number one in a survey of Oregon’s largest private companies by the Portland Business Journal.  

About Knowledge Universe® – US
Knowledge Universe is a leading private provider of early childhood and school-age education and care, serving nearly 200,000 children throughout the United States. Knowledge Universe business lines include the KinderCare® Learning Centers, Knowledge Beginnings®, The Grove School®, Cambridge Schools™ and CCLC® brands, which all offer early childhood education and care through approximately 1,700 community-based centers and employer partnerships; and the Champions® brand, which provides more than 400 before-and after-school academic enrichment programs and summer camps to primary and middle schools nationally. For more information, visit  

About Knowledge Universe®
Knowledge Universe is a leading global education organization with a network of more than 3,000 locations worldwide, employing over 40,000 education professionals, operating early childhood education centers, international schools, colleges, large on-line schools and school management systems.  Proven teaching methods, rigorous curricula, passionate educators and sophisticated educational technology serve a wide range of learners from infants and toddlers to primary and secondary students, and adult learners.   For more information, visit




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