Industry & Services >> CEO Interviews >> August 18, 2003

John Larson – Career Education Corporation (ceco)

JOHN M. LARSON is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Career Education Corporation. He has served as Chairman since January 2000 and as President, Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors since founding the company in January 1994. From July 1993 until CEC's formation, Mr. Larson served as a consultant to Heller Equity Capital Corporation. From January through May 1993, he was the Eastern Regional Operating Manager of Educational Medical, Inc. From 1989 until 1993, Mr. Larson served as the Senior Vice President of College Operations of Phillips Colleges, Inc. From March through September 1989, he served as Senior Vice President of Operations of Geneva Companies, a mergers and acquisitions firm. From 1980 to 1989, Mr. Larson was Vice President of Marketing at National Education Centers, Inc., a subsidiary of National Education Corporation. Mr. Larson has also served in marketing positions with DeVry Inc. at its Chicago and Kansas City campuses. Mr. Larson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley and has completed the Executive Management Program at Stanford University. In 2000, Mr. Larson was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Illinois and Northwestern Indiana region in the service category. Profile
TWST: Could we start off with a snapshot of Career Education and how you

see the company today?

Mr. Larson: Career Education is one of the largest global providers in

the higher education