Michael (Mick) Demakos is Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer and serves in a dual executive role for New Mountain Learning (NML). Mick is the EVP and General Manager responsible for EMC School, NML’s K12 division that offers curriculum and innovative online learning solutions to the K12 market, primarily in World Language Learning and English Language Arts. In addition, Mick also serves as Chief Digital Officer for the broader organization, providing guidance and leadership for all NML brands in the area of learning technology and digital solutions. Mick has over 25 years of experience in executive, technology and product management roles in the education and media sectors. After receiving his MBA, Mick started his career in management consulting with Price Waterhouse, and after a stint in the newspaper business with Tribune Company, Mick spent 18 years in executive and technology leadership roles, including CIO/CTO at the corporate and division level, with Kaplan, Inc., the education division of Graham Holdings (formerly The Washington Post Company). While with Kaplan, Mick successfully developed and launched many innovative learning technology solutions that focused first and foremost on improving the student experience. Mick joined New Mountain Learning (NML) in 2013 and has led efforts to transform NML from a print to a digital company and a provider of innovative online learning solutions. In his role, Mick is responsible for product management, product development, software management, and sales and marketing for EMC School. In addition, Mick has established important strategic partnerships in his efforts to bring innovative new learning solutions and products to market, including a long-term partnership with University of Minnesota’s Institute for Design Innovation and Flipgrid, Inc., a recent technology start-up and spin-off from the University of Minnesota. These organizations are dedicated to the development of research based and forward thinking learning technologies supporting instructors and students.