EVP of Strategy and M&A
Vanderbilt University, Bachelor of Arts in Economics
Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management, Master of Business Administration in Finance, Strategy and Marketing
Jon Gaunt, at heart, is a problem-solver. He defines and drives long-term strategy and acquisition efforts in order to address shortcomings in postsecondary education services, thereby creating a foundation for Keypath Education's role as higher education’s strategic marketing and enrollment partner. Jon has more than 10 years of experience in analysis, finance, product strategy and business development.
What do you bring to Keypath Education as Vice President of Strategy and M&A?
A maniacal obsession for how we can get better and challenge the status quo within our industry. I have a passion for learning about new businesses and segments, as well as improving our service offerings as technologies and opportunities arise. My ability to think about the big picture and how the industry will change (and respond to it) is important to Keypath Education's long-term success.
How do you measure your success?
Our ability to execute our long-term vision and expand along the student life cycle will ensure growth for partners and Keypath Education alike. Where it makes sense from both a quality and time-to-market standpoint, the addition of new companies to solve market challenges is also an important metric.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learned in business?
Know your customer. I’m a true believer in the power and the focus that comes with that knowledge. Seth Godin has a great quote about this: “If you persist in trying to be all things to all people, you will fail.”
What excites you about higher education?
I love coming to work every day focused on higher education because I truly believe in the impact it can have on someone’s life. We are in a unique role to help students find the right school, succeed when they arrive and prepare them for the perfect job after graduation.
Higher education will dramatically change over the next 10 to 15 years, and I can’t wait to be right in the thick of it.
What’s the one hobby you couldn’t live without?
That is a tough one – I would say a tie between skiing and golf. The ideal day would be to ski all morning on a great powder day and still have time to play 18 holes in the afternoon.
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