New Horizons provides franchisees with a strong, stable base and plenty of support from people that are experts in the IT training industry. Many of New Horizons’ key players are people that have used their extensive knowledge from other close, related industries to help grow the business and develop superior training systems for both clients and franchisees. Meet some of the movers and shakers that have helped evolve New Horizons into the highly successful IT training company that it is today.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Earle Pratt joined New Horizons on July 1, 2010, hired on to be the company President and Chief Operating Officer. In October 2011, Mr. Pratt was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer. Before signing on with New Horizons, Mr. Pratt was a private consultant for a number of companies- including New Horizons-from October 2008 until June 2010. Mr. Pratt is an operations and finance professional that speaks several languages and has full rights to work in the U.S. and the European Union.
Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations and Chief Development Officer
Christopher Eden was hired into his position in February of 2013. As the Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations and Chief Development Officer, Mr. Eden manages central operations and oversees overall business strategies for the New Horizons franchise network. Prior to joining New Horizons, Mr. Eden fulfilled many executive positions during his 13 years at Wall Street Institute, a worldwide leader in English language education. Mr. Eden has extensive experience with international service sector sales, marketing, and development.
Executive Vice President of Products and Programs and Chief Strategy Officer
Shelly Morris was promoted to her position in February 2013 after serving as the Group Vice President of Products and Programs from August 2010 to January 2012. Ms. Morris also filled various other positions with New Horizons, including: Vice President of Strategic Accounts, V.P. of Strategic Relations, V.P. of Corporate Education Solutions, and Director of Strategic Accounts. Her extensive sales and management experience makes her an expert strategist.
Howard H. Mark
Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Howard Mark joined the New Horizons team in June 2007 as the Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer and was quickly promoted to his current position. Mr. Mark previously held a position similar to his current position with Right Management, a global career transition and organizational consulting firm. Mr. Mark has been called a transformational leader that understands change, strategy, and how to align business goals with individual needs.
Vice President International Franchise Operations
Michael Smith was promoted to Vice President of International Franchise Operations in January 2015 after serving as the New Horizons Director Europe from January 2008 to January 2015. Prior to that time, Mr. Smith worked various positions for New Horizons in the U.K., including General Manager London, Managing Director U.K, and Sales and Marketing director for U.K. Mr. Smith is an expert at developing business relationships around the globe and has a deep understanding of how cultural differences impact businesses.
Senior Director, International Development
Scott McDaniel started with New Horizons franchises in 1998 and worked his way up with the company, filling positions such as Account Executive and General Manager in Australia and the United States up until 2004. In June 2004, Mr. McDaniel became the Business Development Manager for the company and was promoted to International Development Director in June 2007. In January of 2015, he assumed his current role, which is based in Singapore. His extensive experience with the company throughout various parts of the world makes him ideal for helping company franchisees around the world.
Senior Director, Americas Franchise Operations
Robert Lewis began his career with New Horizons in January 2006, serving as the Senior Training and Content Specialist for the Anaheim, California headquarters. From December 2007 to September 2009, Lewis was the International Training and Implementation Manager, after which he served as the Senior Manager of Europe which is based in London. From October 2010 until January 2015, Mr. Lewis was the Director of Franchise Sales Programs, which ended when he was promoted to his current position.