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Brad Adams

Executive Vice President of Post-Enrollment Services

Brad Adams joined the 2U team in 2009 and serves as the Executive Vice President of Post-Enrollment Services.  In this capacity, he oversees the service components of the student lifecycle including student support, field placements, faculty support, career services, and technical support. Having spent most of his career in the education technology sector, Brad brings a passion for quality outcomes and service to our students, faculty, and university partners.  Prior to joining 2U, Brad served as General Manager of Educate Online and Vice President of Technology for Sylvan Learning.  He earned his master’s degree in Public & International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently an MBA candidate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill MBA@UNC program.

Gabriel Bustamante

Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Admissions

Gabriel Bustamante is the executive vice president of global sales and admissions. In this role he is responsible for the overall sales strategy and execution of recruiting efforts for students of all 2U-powered programs worldwide. Bustamante joined the company in 2009 and oversees teams of admissions counselors with presence in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Denver, and the Washington DC area. Prior to joining 2U, he led different sales organizations in the consumer products, education, and publishing industries. He earned a law degree from Anahuac University in Mexico, a management certification from Tulane, and speaks several languages.

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Mark J. Chernis

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Chernis joined Pearson in June of 2011 following the acquisition of SchoolNet.  He currently serves as the SVP of Strategic Partnerships and Investments and was previously the President and Chief Operating Officer of SchoolNet.  Pearson is the leading global education company with employees in over 80 countries.  The company’s goal is to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning.  SchoolNet, at the time of its acquisition, was the leading provider of instructional management software.  The company served hundreds of school districts across the United States, and was primarily owned by the Carlyle Group and other private investors.

Prior to Schoolnet, Mr. Chernis joined The Princeton Review in 1984 and served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer and Secretary beginning in 1995. In August 2000, he was appointed as President of the company. During his 24 year career at The Princeton Review, Mr. Chernis either held or oversaw key leadership positions in nearly every sector of the Company, including information technology, operations, product development and each of Princeton Review’s three operating divisions.  Over the years he orchestrated more than 15 corporate acquisitions, sat on several corporate boards – including Schoolnet, Inc., and was instrumental in Princeton Review’s IPO in June of 2001.

Mr. Chernis attended Vassar College and now lives in Bedford, NY where he was a three times publicly elected member of the Board of Education for the Bedford Central School District.

Mr. Chernis also serves as a Board and Audit Committee member at 2U Inc., a publicly traded education company, partnering with preeminent institutions of higher education to deliver rigorous, selective degree programs online.

Todd Glassman

Co-General Counsel

Todd Glassman joined 2U in April 2012 and has served as its general counsel since May 2013. Before joining 2U, Glassman spent more than 15 years in private practice at the law firm of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP in Philadelphia. There, he was a partner in both the corporate and labor relations and employment law departments, and co-chair of the firm’s education practice group. He has represented clients in the education field throughout his career, including businesses in the educational media and experiential learning fields, education-based events production and a public school district. Most recently, Todd functioned as outside corporate counsel to 2U since 2009. Todd graduated from the George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and received his Juris Doctorate from Temple Law School

Cathy Graham

Chief Financial Officer

Cathy Graham has served as our chief financial officer since April 2012. Previously, she served as chief financial officer for Online Resources Corporation, a financial technology company, from 2002 to April 2012. Prior to that, she served as chief financial officer for VIA NET.WORKS, Inc., an internet services and web hosting provider, from 1998 to 2002. Previously, she served in senior financial positions with Yurie Systems, a telecommunications equipment manufacturer, and other public companies, as well as with several commercial banks. She holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A. from Loyola College of Maryland.

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Ranni Hammond

Chief People officer

Rani Hammond is 2U’s chief people officer and oversees global human resources, talent management and recruiting.

Prior to 2U, Hammond served as chief human resources officer at David’s Bridal, Inc., where she was accountable for the full talent lifecycle of the global retailer’s 14,000 employees. Her more than 20 years of global human resources management and executive experience also includes six years working for Hilton Worldwide as both a human resources vice president and vice president of global brands performance and planning. While at Hilton, Hammond provided client consulting services to executive vice presidents and their global teams that were collectively responsible for HIlton’s hotel brands, global marketing, sales, revenue management, loyalty, partnerships, digital and eCommerce functions.

A graduate of Bond University in Australia, Hammond holds a Bachelor of Commence in HR Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

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Andrew Hermalyn

President of 2UGrad

As a member of the executive team, Hermalyn reports directly to the CEO and got his start with the company as its founding intern in 2008. He has held a wide range of leadership positions, most recently as executive vice president, strategic partnerships, and is responsible for many of the company’s university partnerships since inception. 

A native of New Jersey, Hermalyn graduated from Lehigh University and lives in Manhattan with his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Anna.

James Kenigsberg

Chief Technology Officer

James Kenigsberg is 2U’s Chief Technology Officer and a 2U founding team member. James is an entrepreneur and technology evangelist who finds the passion and fun in using technology to improve education. At 2U, James has translated his passion for technology into creating award-winning learning management platforms, client relationship management systems, mobile applications, and cloud-based architectures. He also takes great pride in building the industry's most impressive and driven technology team at 2U, Inc.

 

Prior to 2U, James led the technology and product team at The Princeton Review where he created and managed the company’s award-winning assessment products. He was also formerly a part of technology and product development teams at Thomson Financial and Ogilvy & Mathers.

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Harsha Mokkarala

Chief Revenue Officer

As chief revenue officer, Harsha Mokkarala oversees 2U’s industry-leading, data-driven marketing and sales teams, as well as the company’s broader revenue growth, marketing, and product development strategies. A member of the senior leadership team, Mokkarala reports directly to the CEO.

Mokkarala previously served as 2U’s chief marketing officer, providing a combination of analytical, technical, and marketing expertise to help drive company growth and innovation. He joined 2U in 2013 as executive vice president of marketing strategy following a successful career at Capital One, where he managed all facets of online marketing for Capital One’s credit card acquisitions group.

Mokkarala has a Master’s in Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

Matt Norden

Co-General Counsel

Matt Norden is 2U’s co-general counsel and oversees securities, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and intellectual property matters.

Norden joined 2U in September 2013 as deputy general counsel. He helped lead 2U through its successful initial public offering in 2014 as well as the company’s acquisition of GetSmarter, which closed in July 2017. Norden was recognized for his career achievements in 2016 when he was named one of the D.C. region’s top 40 in-house lawyers.

Prior to 2U, Norden served as vice president, general counsel at TOMS Shoes. He served four years as the company’s global in-house legal counsel, providing cross-border advice to executive management on a variety of strategic and operational issues and played an integral role in the company’s rapid expansion to China, Europe, the Middle East and South America.

Earlier in his career, Norden was an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate finance, securities law and general corporate matters.

Norden graduated from George Washington University with a BA in Psychology and earned his JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

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Chip Paucek

CEO and Co-Founder

Christopher "Chip" Paucek is the co-founder and CEO of 2U, Inc. (Nasdaq:TWOU), described by Forbes Magazine as the “nation’s leading provider of software for universities” delivering digital higher education at scale.

Paucek's innovative work at 2U has earned him many accolades, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2012, the Goldman Sachs 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs Award in 2013, and multiple Highest Rated CEO awards from Glassdoor. In 2017, Paucek was named among America's best chief executives by Institutional Investor magazine, ranking third among mid-cap technology, media, and telecom companies. He is a leading voice and speaker on entrepreneurship and the global education and technology landscape.

Paucek has been involved in education ventures since the early 1990s. Prior to 2U, Paucek served as CEO of Smarterville, Inc., the parent company of Hooked on Phonics. Paucek began his entrepreneurial career in 1993 when he co-founded his first company, Cerebellum Corporation, which produced the award-winning educational television program and video series Standard Deviants. He led Cerebellum as co-chief executive officer until 2003. In 2004, Paucek took a break from the business world to serve as deputy campaign manager for the successful re-election of United States Senator Barbara Mikulski.

Paucek holds a BA from the George Washington University and an MBA from the 2U-powered MBA@UNC program External link  at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. As a native of South Florida, he is an avid Miami Dolphins fan. Paucek lives in Annapolis, MD with his wife Gabbi and two sons Noah and Henry.

David Sutphen

Chief Strategy and Engagement Officer

As chief strategy and engagement officer, David Sutphen leads 2U's communications and brand functions, as well as the company’s social impact, strategic partnerships, and business development efforts. A member of the senior leadership team, Sutphen reports directly to the CEO.  

Sutphen joined 2U in 2017 from Brunswick Group, a global strategic communications advisory firm, where he was a partner and head of the Washington, D.C. office. During his more than eight years at Brunswick, Sutphen advised Fortune 500 and emerging companies on strategic communications, reputation, stakeholder engagement, crisis, diversity and public affairs matters with a particular focus on the media, retail, technology and education sectors.

Earlier in his career, Sutphen served as Judiciary Committee general counsel to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy and chief of staff to former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. After leaving Capitol Hill, Sutphen worked as a senior vice president at the Recording Industry Association of America and at VIACOM, the parent company of MTV Networks, BET Networks and Paramount Pictures.

Outside of 2U, Sutphen is actively involved in numerous education, non-profit and philanthropic endeavors. He currently serves as board chair of GetSchooled (getschooled.com), a Viacom and Gates Foundation backed non-profit he helped launch more than eight years ago; a board member of CityBridge Education (citybridge.org); and as secretary of the board for the U.S. Soccer Foundation (ussoccerfoundation.org), the official charity of U.S. Soccer.

Sutphen is an honors graduate of Amherst College, with a BA in Political Science, and currently serves as a trustee of the college.  He also earned a JD from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served on the editorial board of the Michigan Law Review, before clerking on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.