Kaplan Announces U.S. Launch of Global Leadership and Professional Development Practice

Already successful in Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa, practice
aims to assist professional development needs in banking, finance and

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kaplan today announced the launch of their U.S. Global Leadership and
Professional Development Practice at a New York kick-off breakfast,
attended by business leaders from the banking, finance and accounting

“Kaplan already serves the people development needs of many Fortune 500
companies in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa,” said Dr. Andrew
Temte, president of Kaplan Professional Education. “Extending Kaplan’s
successful global practice into the United States further enhances our
ability to serve and meet the global professional development needs of
global corporations, especially in the banking, finance and accounting

“We believe that both technical and behavioral confidence are key
components in empowering leaders, managers and others to make the
decisions that drive commercial performance,” said Andrew Perkins,
global vice president of Kaplan’s Leadership and Professional
Development Practice. “And those decisions are made in the context of a
workplace where people have to apply both a technical understanding of
the issue at hand and simultaneously consider the human dimension.”

“This is obvious and yet learning and development programs are often
separated out into technical lessons on one hand, and soft skills on the
other,” Perkins added. “We believe development should integrate the
technical and behavioral aspects and leverage the interdependences
between them. Our programs rely heavily on simulations and decision
making scenarios that do just this.”

Kaplan’s approach is to work closely with clients to understand their
business’ practices, processes and culture.

“The key to the successful development – of individuals and
organizations – are interventions designed around what a particular
business needs right now. No two businesses are the same, so why would
the development they offer their people be the same?” said Dr. Ian
Stewart, global head of Kaplan’s Leadership and Organizational Practice.
“Our experience with global firms operating in various business sectors
is that specific interventions, rather than just theoretical programs,
are necessary to imbed practical changes in the workforce that drive
commercial advantage.”

Kaplan’s U.S. Leadership and Professional Development Practice will
initially be based in New York City with plans to expand to other U.S.
cities shortly where it already maintains other operations and
educational services.

About Kaplan

Kaplan, Inc. serves over 1.2 million students globally each year through
its array of higher education, test preparation, professional education,
English-language training, and university preparation, and offerings to
individuals, institutions, and businesses. Across its 75-plus year
history, first as small test-prep pioneer and then an early online
education leader and now a global education provider, Kaplan has been
recognized for expanding educational access and using technology and
learning science innovations to continually improve outcomes for its
students and partners. Kaplan has operations in over 30 countries,
employs more than 19,000 full and part-time professionals, and maintains
relationships and partnerships with more than 1,000 school districts,
colleges, and universities, and over 2,600 corporations and businesses.

Kaplan Professional Education helps professionals obtain in-demand
certifications, licensing and designations that enable them to advance
and succeed in their careers. Through live and online
instruction, Kaplan Professional Education provides test preparation,
licensing, continuing education, and professional development programs
to businesses and individuals in the accounting, insurance, securities,
real estate, financial planning, and information technology, industries.

Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) and its
largest division. For more information, please visit www.kaplan.com.


Kaplan Higher and Professional Education
Stephen White, 954-515-4124