Chairman of the Board
CEO and Founder of Pansophic Learning UK
Ron Packard is the CEO and Founder of Pansophic Learning, a global technology based education company. He is a well-known educator, entrepreneur and visionary as well as the author of the highly regarded and reviewed book Education Transformation. Mr. Packard was previously the long-time CEO and Founder of K12 Inc. He oversaw the growth of K12 from just an idea to almost one billion in revenue, making it one of the largest education companies in the world. Before K12, Mr. Packard was the Vice President of Knowledge Universe and CEO of Knowledge Schools, one of the nation’s largest early childhood education companies. He was also instrumental in the successful investments in Learn Now, Children’s School USA, Leapfrog, TEC, and Children’s Discovery Center. Mr. Packard also worked for McKinsey & Company and for Goldman Sachs in mergers and acquisitions. He has received the Education Industry Association’s James P. Boyle Entrepreneurial Leadership Award, as well as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the IT Services & Solutions category in Greater Washington. The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business named him a Distinguished Alumni, and he also received an Outstanding Leadership Award from the United States Distance Learning Association. He previously served on the Department of Defense’s Education Advisory Committee. Mr. Packard has been featured on nationwide radio and television shows and magazines, including Bloomberg TV, Forbes, and the Washington Post to name a few. He holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, both with honors.
Governing Board Member
Cofounder and Chief Operating Officer, Pansophic Learning UK
Maria Szalay brings over 20 years of strategy, operations and development capability to Pansophic Learning as the company’s Cofounder and Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Szalay joined K¹² in 2000 and was instrumental in growing K1 2 from a pre-revenue startup to a $900 million public company. In this time, she served in a variety of roles including product management, product development, operations, strategy, and corporate development. Prior to joining K¹², Ms. Szalay served as practice director at Operon Partners, an e-business consulting firm. At Operon Partners, Ms. Szalay led consulting teams assisting clients with business strategy, product management and business transformation consulting services. She worked directly in client organizations developing business plans to obtain funding, and assisted with the implementation of online initiatives, with specialized expertise in integrating these solutions with their brick-and-mortar business. Prior to joining Operon Partners, she worked at Telecom New Zealand rolling out the company’s Online Solutions business, where she was instrumental not only in developing the online strategy and implementation plan for Telecom Broadband, but also in executing to the implementation plan. Prior to that, Ms. Szalay worked for eight years as a management consultant at KPMG, assisting clients with systems implementations, product marketing and placement initiatives, including new product and service launches. Ms. Szalay started her career at Shearson Lehman. She holds a BS/BA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and an MBA from American University.
Executive Vice President, Pansophic Learning UK
Martha is a senior education executive with over ten years’ experience of working with schools and education institutions. After seven years as a lawyer in London with two leading education law firms, Stone King and Veale Wasbrough Vizards, Martha became the in-house lawyer for Prospects Services, a large UK education and training group with a turnover of over £80m.
In 2013 she was recruited by a former client, Mosaica Education, an international education company operating charter schools in the US and private schools overseas where she worked on international business development focused on the Middle East. In July 2015 Mosaica was taken over by Pansophic Learning. As Executive Vice President, Martha is responsible for all UK operations. Martha is a trustee and a member of the executive team of Aurora Academies Trust, a group of five UK schools sponsored by Pansophic Learning.
As well as being a governing board member of iCademy Middle East, Martha is also a board member of the International School of Berne in Switzerland.
Martha received a BA (Hons) in Government and Law from The University of Manchester and completed the Legal Practice Course at The College of Law in London. Martha is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Advisory Board Members
Bernard West – Chairman, Richard Swart, Brian Nolan, Diane Menzies, Brett Lovegrove