Leadership | XanEdu


Management Team






As Chief Executive Officer of XanEdu Publishing, John oversees the global products and services operations. Prior to accepting the role as Chief Executive Officer, John served as XanEdu’s Chief Financial Officer.

Previously, John served as CFO at Applimation, Inc., a world-wide provider of application data management software that was acquired by Informatica in early 2009. His experience at Applimation included all facets of financial management, from acquisitions to international tax to treasury management. John also worked for Allied Domecq and Price Waterhouse.

John earned his Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University, has completed executive studies at the University of Michigan and Babson College, and is a registered Certified Public Accountant in the State of Michigan.


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As Chief Operating Officer, Brett creates the strategies that empower customers and partners.

Brett has been instrumental in the evolution and advancement of technology, services, and solutions at XanEdu and has an intense passion for how technology can drive change across industries.

Brett received his MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.  






As Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Marc designs, manages, and supports digital strategies and systems to deliver maximum value to our customers. His portfolio spans all facets of technology, including architecture, engineering, infrastructure, and customer-facing technical support.

Marc previously held technical leadership roles at SkillCheck and First Advantage, most recently acting as Senior Director of Software Development for First Advantage. Marc began his career writing curriculum and software for QWIZ (now part of SHL).

Marc earned his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He is based in Boston, Massachusetts where, in addition to all things technical, he pursues music composition and enjoys almost any DIY project, from amplifier circuit design to whole-house renovation.






As the Chief Financial Officer for XanEdu, Jason is responsible for all financial functions within the organization including financial reporting, cash management, etc.

Jason had been with XanEdu since 2008 and served as Controller until 2013. Previously he worked at a regional accounting firm, Plante & Moran, for eight years.

Jason earned a BBA from Northwood University in 2000 and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Michigan.






As Senior Vice President of Operations, Kevin is responsible for the day to day operations of XanEdu’s production and fulfillment teams. He provides strategic direction to the company in order to improve processes and develop customer service initiatives.

Kevin has been with XanEdu for over 11 years and has served in various roles such as Account Executive, Regional Sales Manager, and Director of Folio-xPress.

Kevin earned his undergraduate degree at Michigan State University and then went on to earn his MBA at Eastern Michigan University.






As Senior Vice President of Corporate & Business Development, Lance is responsible for developing strategic initiatives to drive new market opportunities based on XanEdu’s core technology platform.

Lance has more than 20 years of experience in sales management and corporate development roles with large enterprise application vendors, software startups and cloud computing providers. Previously, Lance served as VP, Business Development at Applimation, Inc. which was acquired by Informatica; as Director of Alliances at Sybase, Inc.; and, as Director of Business Development at Docent, Inc. (now SumTotal Systems).

Lance graduated from the Boston University School of Management and resides in greater Boston.


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As the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development, Rich brings more than 25 years of experience in the education sector, with executive-level sales expertise working with colleges and universities, K-12 Districts, public and academic libraries, and for-profit organizations across the country.

A key part of XanEdu’s management team, Rich works to expand opportunities in XanEdu’s custom publishing solutions, seek strategic partnerships and assist in developing digital and custom sales.


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As the Vice President of Sales & Custom Solutions for XanEdu, Barbara leads our talented and highly experienced sales team and is instrumental in developing new custom solutions, partnerships and strategic initiatives across the country.

Barbara first joined XanEdu as an Account Executive in the Southeast. She spent many years in the classroom as an adjunct professor at Fort Hays State University and a K-12 educator in both Florida and Kansas public schools. Prior to joining XanEdu, Barbara was the National Rookie of the Year and Sales Executive at Pearson.

Barbara received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida and resides in Tampa, Florida.