We’re excited to announce that Dennis Maple is our new president and CEO!

September 4th, 2019 by The Franchise Development Team

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We’re excited to announce that Dennis Maple is our new president and CEO! He’s going to be a great addition to the Goddard family. All of us at GSI want to thank Joe Schumacher for his years of service. He has led us through opening 500 Schools and has been a key driver for our continued growth of becoming one of the top childcare franchises in America.

As Joe transitions to chairman of the board, Dennis will no doubt continue Goddard’s upward momentum. He joins us from First Student, Inc., where for the last five and a half years, he served as President. Before First Student, Dennis was president of Aramark Education for 10 years.

In both of these roles, Dennis gained valuable insight into issues facing today’s educators and administrators, particularly around ensuring healthy and safe environments for children. Dennis also brings another 20-plus-years of leadership experience with consumer packaged goods leaders including The Quaker Oats Company, PepsiCo, Inc., Kraft General Foods, Inc., and Coors Brewing Company. His experience with these companies taught him to use data-driven insights to spark innovation in business models and product offerings and to help shape business strategies.

“I am absolutely delighted to join the Goddard team,” says Dennis. “For more than 30 years, The Goddard School has represented the industry’s gold standard for early childhood education, offering today’s children preparation that’s uniquely designed to enhance both their academic and social success in life. I am passionate about educating our nation’s young people. I come from a family of educators and have spent a significant portion of my career supporting the K-12 community. My first priority will be listening to franchisees, employees and other key stakeholders to determine how we can continue to drive franchisees’ success, education innovation and excellence and responsible growth for Goddard.”

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