Adam Shapiro

Vice President, Operations

New York, NY

About Adam Shapiro

Adam Shapiro has been engaged in education management, education technology, and business consultation for over 25 years. He provides advisory services to education companies, educational institutions, policy makers and private equity companies in areas such as strategic planning, acquisitions, product development, go-to-market plans, executive development, and education industry analysis.

Mr. Shapiro is currently VP of Operations at ExecOnline, named by Forbes Magazine as a Top 10 EdTech Company in 2015. ExecOnline partners with Top 10 business schools, including Columbia University, UC Berkeley, MIT, Yale, and IMD Switzerland to deliver online certificate programs to top-tier executives in core senior leadership competencies. All programs feature dynamic content tailored to the unique objectives of our corporate partners. Programs consist of on-demand video lectures, self-paced application exercises, and live online workshops and networking with preeminent professors and a global community of high-achieving professionals. ExecOnline has delivered transformational executive development to thousands of executives from hundreds of Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies in over 85 countries.

For 14 years, Mr. Shapiro held senior leadership positions, including VP of the Office of the President and Chair of the Executive Board, at Kumon North America, Inc., franchisor of over 26,000 learning centers in 50 countries–the largest and most successful supplemental education program in the world and the 4th largest franchisor in all industries around the world. For the latter half of his tenure at Kumon, he led corporate operations and corporate communications. The first half of his time there centered on business development and overseeing the growth of hundreds of franchise learning centers, which generated revenue in the tens of millions of dollars.

Subsequent to that, Mr. Shapiro was VP of Operations for Noodle Companies LLC, founded and led by John Katzman, Founder of the pioneering education and technology companies The Princeton Review and 2U ($2B Market Cap). Noodle consists of three subsidiaries: 1) vertical search and recommendation engine for education, 2) e-procurement solution for K-12 school districts, 3) platform for online university programs. There, he supervised interdepartmental operations and professional services working with schools, education businesses, and governmental agencies.

Mr. Shapiro serves on the Board of Directors of ReKode, Build Academy, and Tabtor and provides mentorship and consultation for Business Strategy Firms and Incubators, including TechStars, StartED, Good Harbor Partners, LearnLaunchX, National Education Week NYC, Startup Weekend DC, GLG, Third Bridge, and other business, education, and startup organizations and events. He also provides independent business consulting and research on the topics of education management, education technology , franchising, and corporate accelerators/incubators for companies and investment firms around the world. Mr. Shapiro has also taught at schools in both the U.S. and Japan. His 25+ years in the education management, teaching, edtech, franchising, and business consulting industries makes him a valuable resource for those seeking insight and business recommendations into the enormous and ever-evolving education, technology, and startup industries and ecosystems.

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