Leadership

 

Board of Directors


 

The Board of Directors is accountable to shareholders for maintaining the integrity of Keypath’s purpose to develop, design, and deliver the most career-relevant, online education solutions to help solve global social and economic challenges.

The Board has oversight of the performance, operations, and affairs of the Group. The directors represent and serve the interests of the shareholders and wider stakeholder groups and collectively oversee and appraise the strategies and policies that drive the Group’s performance.

Diana Eilert

Diana Eilert

Independent, Non-executive Chair

Diana was appointed as the independent, non-executive Chair of the Company in May 2021. She lives in New South Wales, Australia. Diana has more than 10 years as a listed company director and has held board roles in some of Australia’s best-known companies. Her focus is on companies scaling up and sectors undergoing digital transformation. Diana is currently a non-executive director of ASX-listed companies Domain Holdings Australia Limited (appointed 2017) and Elders Limited (appointed 2017). Diana was previously a non-executive director of Super Retail Group (2015 - 2021) Navitas Limited (2014 - 2019), REA Group Ltd (2010 - 2012), and Veda Group Limited (2013 - 2016). With an extensive and diverse executive career spanning more than 25 years, Diana has run large businesses and held senior strategic roles. Her experience includes roles as Head of Strategy and Corporate Development for News Limited, Group Executive for Suncorp’s entire insurance business, and subsequently Group Executive for Technology, People, and Marketing. She spent 10 years with Citibank and as part of the senior leadership team, and consulted in strategy as a Partner with IBM and Principal with A.T. Kearney. Diana is a member of the Australian Competition Tribunal (appointed December 2019). She holds a Bachelor of Science (Pure Mathematics) from The University of Sydney and a Master of Commerce from The University of New South Wales.

Steve Fireng

Steve Fireng

Executive Director and Global Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Steve is the Global CEO and founder of Keypath and was appointed an executive Director of the Company in March 2021 and has served as CEO of the Keypath business since January 2014. Steve lives in Illinois, USA. Steve has over 25 years of experience in higher education, having led both institutional and corporate teams. Prior to founding Keypath, Steve was CEO and President at EmbanetCompass (later renamed Pearson Embanet), where, after 5 years of leading the business, it was acquired by Pearson for US$650 million. He spent over 17 years at Career Education Corporation, holding a variety of senior leadership positions where he was one of the founding leadership members, growing two online universities from inception to over 30,000 students in 5 years, leaving as Group President. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science (Business Administration) from the W.A. Franke College of Business at Northern Arizona University.

Melanie Laing

Melanie Laing

Independent, non-executive Director, People, Performance and Culture Committee Chair

Melanie was appointed as an independent, non-executive Director and People, Performance, and Culture Committee Chair of the Company in May 2021. Melanie lives in New South Wales, Australia. Melanie is a non-executive director and global executive with an expansive and diverse background, bringing a depth of experience shaping enterprise-wide culture and capability in markets undergoing significant change and growth. Melanie was previously Group Executive, Human Resources at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia where she led a global team, responsible for the strategic planning, transformation, and implementation of the bank’s people agenda and human resources servicing globally. Prior to this, she was the global Executive General Manager, People & Culture at Origin Energy and has previously held executive human resources leadership roles with Unisys Asia Pacific, Vodafone Asia Pacific, and the General Re Corporation Europe, having lived and worked extensively overseas. Melanie is currently a non-executive director of Inflection.com, Inc. (appointed 2020) and Chief Executive Women (appointed 2020). Melanie holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management (IPM) from the University of Westminster, London, and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Witwatersrand, in South Africa. Melanie is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute (FAHRI).

Robert Bazzani

Robert Bazzani

Independent, non-executive Director, Audit and Risk Committee Chair

Robert was appointed as an independent, non-executive Director of the Company in May 2021. Rob lives in Victoria, Australia. Robert spent 21 years at KPMG, holding a variety of senior leadership positions including as Chairman of KPMG Victoria, National Managing Partner for KPMG Australia’s Enterprise Division, and National Managing Partner for KPMG’s M&A Division. Whilst in these various roles, Robert was a member of KPMG’s National Executive Committee, which oversees and is responsible for KPMG’s turnover, strategic decision making, profitability, and operations. Robert is currently Chairman of Natrio Australia and non-executive director of ASX-listed Class Ltd (appointed 2020) and Mach7 Technologies (appointed 2020). Robert holds a Master of Business Administration from Monash University and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Bachelor of Science from Monash University.

Susan WOLFORD

Susan Wolford

Independent, non-executive, Director

Susan was appointed as an independent, non-executive Director of the Company in May 2021. Susan lives in Pennsylvania, USA. Susan spent 17 years at BMO Capital Markets, holding various senior leadership positions, and was Vice-Chair in her final role. She has extensive investment and corporate banking experience and, at BMO Capital Markets, was previously Group Head & Managing Director of the Technology & Business Services Group and the Media & Business Services Group. Before this, Susan was a Managing Director at First Union and held roles at Parker/Hunter Incorporated, PNC Securities, and Kidder Peabody. Susan is on the Director’s Leadership Council of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (appointed 2008) was a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of Villanova School of Business (2002 - 2021). Susan holds a Master of International Affairs (International Finance) from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts (History) from Villanova University.

Chris

R. Christopher Hoehn-Saric

Non-executive Director

Christopher was appointed as a non-executive Director of the Company in March 2021 and has served as director of Keypath entities since 2014. Christopher lives in Florida, USA. Christopher is the Co-founder and Senior Managing Director of Sterling Partners, a growth-oriented, private-equity firm that was an early investor in Keypath. Since its founding in 1983, Sterling Partners has established a track record of successful investment activity throughout a variety of economic and market conditions. Christopher is currently a board member for Amerigo Education (appointed 2016) and Hudson Global Scholars (appointed 2019). Christopher has previously served as a director of other companies in the education industry, including Sylvan Learning, Connections Academy, and Shorelight Education. Christopher is an emeritus Trustee of Johns Hopkins University having served on its board of directors for 18 years.

AVI EPSTEIN

Avi Epstein

Non-executive Director

Avi was appointed as a non-executive Director of the Company in March 2021 and has served as director of Keypath entities since 2014. Avi lives in Illinois, USA. Avi joined Sterling Partners in 2008 and is currently a managing director and serves as the firm’s chief operating officer, general counsel, and chief compliance officer. Prior to this, Avi served as general counsel and Vice President of Business Affairs for a division of Kaplan, Inc. and also worked as a corporate attorney with Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. Avi is also currently a board member of School of Rock, LLC (appointed 2019), Edcura (appointed 2018), and Cintana Education (appointed 2019). Avi holds a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from The Ohio State University.