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ABOUT US

THE COMPANY

Edify Acquisition Corporation was formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, amalgamation, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities.

 

The Company intends to focus its search for a target business in the education, education technology, workforce development, and human capital management industries.

TEAM MEMBERS

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Susan Wolford

Chairwoman

Ms. Wolford was previously a Vice Chair of BMO Capital Markets and former head of the Technology and Business Services Group, which included the educational services and edtech, HCM, enterprise and application software, information services, and financial technology industries. She was an investment banker for over 35 years, leading a wide variety of financing and merger and acquisition transactions across many industry groups. For the past 20 years, she has been focused on the educational services industry, working with pre-K-12, post-secondary, and lifelong learning companies. During her tenure leading the education practice at BMO Capital Markets, which started when Ms. Wolford joined the bank in April 2003, Ms. Wolford sourced and executed 52 merger and acquisition transactions and was involved in over $37 billion in debt and equity financings. She has served on multiple nonprofit and publicly-listed Board of Directors and currently is on the Dean’s Advisory Council of Villanova School of Business and the Board of Director’s Leadership Council of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and previously served on the Board of the Center for Education Reform. Ms. Wolford graduated with honors from Villanova University and received a Master’s of International Affairs from Columbia University.

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Ron Schlosser

CEO

Ronald H. Schlosser is a Director Nominee. Mr. Schlosser advises global leaders in private equity on investing in education and information services companies. He formerly served as Executive Chairman and as a Director of McGraw-Hill Education, having rejoined in March 2013. Previously, Mr. Schlosser was Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Haights Cross Communications (“HCC”), an educational and library publishing company, where he led expansion of the company’s product lines especially with digital segments. Mr. Schlosser joined HCC in May 2010. Before HCC, starting in 2008, he served as senior advisor to Providence Equity Partners (“Providence”), and was chairman of several of Providence’s education and information services companies including Jones & Bartlett and Assessment Technologies Institute (now Ascend Learning), Edline, and Survey Sampling International. Mr. Schlosser spent 12 years at Thomson Corporation, including four years as Chief Executive Officer of Thomson Learning Group (now Cengage Learning). Mr. Schlosser started at Thomson Corporation in July 1995. Earlier, he held executive positions at Elsevier Science, which he started at in 1988, and McGraw-Hill. Mr. Schlosser currently serves on the Board of Directors of Copyright Clearance Center and the Warehouse Arts District in Florida. Mr. Schlosser holds an MBA from Farleigh Dickinson University and is a graduate of Rider University.

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Ari Horowitz

Board Member

Mr. Horowiz is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Yardline Capital – a leading provider of non-dilutive growth capital solutions for businesses operating within the marketplace commerce economies. He has more than 20 years of experience in operational and transactional senior leadership, marketing, and corporate development roles. Prior to Yardline, Mr. Horowitz was the SVP, Strategic Partnerships & Corp Development at Thrasio, the fastest-growing acquirer of Amazon third-party seller businesses, where he co-led the team which has acquired over 100 Amazon sellers. He continues to serve as an Advisor to Thrasio and has been the CEO of multiple companies, including Opus360 which he co-founded and took public. During his career, he has also been a senior member of teams that completed financings and M&A transactions with a total value in excess of $1.5B. Mr. Horowitz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Rose Else-Mitchell

Board Member

Rosamund M. Else-Mitchell is a Director Nominee. In December 2020, Ms. Else-Mitchell rejoined Scholastic as President of Education Solutions. Previously, Ms. Else-Mitchell was Chief Learning Officer and Executive Vice President at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which she joined in June 2015. In this role, she oversaw efficacy research, learning science, and data analytics teams, as well as the company’s teaching and learning platforms and professional learning business. Ms. Else-Mitchell was also Executive Vice President of K –12 at Scholastic Education in the U.S., which she joined in 2000. There she was responsible for the company’s product strategy and development, including product and platforms which use technology and analytics to enhance teaching and learning. She began her career as a high school English teacher in Australia and has worked as a publisher, a researcher, with education non-profits, and as a television book reviewer. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Sydney in Australia and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oxford, UK. She is currently a Visiting Teaching Fellow at Harvard GSE and Chair of the Edtech Evidence Exchange K-12 Industry Council.

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