Carmel-based ITT Educational Services Inc. (NYSE: ESI) Chief Executive Officer Kevin Modany says he plans to resign from the company in February. The for-profit education provider says attorney John Dean will serve in the newly-created position of Executive Chairman of the Board until a new CEO is selected.
August 4, 2014
Carmel, Ind. — ITT Educational Services, Inc. (NYSE: ESI) today announced that Kevin M. Modany notified the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) that he intended to resign as Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective February 4, 2015. Following Mr. Modany's notice to the Board, the Company entered into a letter agreement with Mr. Modany on August 4, 2014, pursuant to which Mr. Modany will remain Chief Executive Officer for a period ending on February 4, 2015 (the “Applicable Period”). The Company may extend the Applicable Period by up to three months and may terminate it at any time upon notice to Mr. Modany. In addition, during the Applicable Period, the Company is permitted to change Mr. Modany's role to that of Senior Advisor. Under the terms of the letter agreement, Mr. Modany will resign his position as Chief Executive Officer of the Company on the last day of the Applicable Period. In addition, Mr. Modany resigned as a director and Chairman of the Board, effective August 4, 2014.
On August 4, 2014, the Board also established a new office of Executive Chairman of the Board, until a new Chief Executive Officer is hired, after which the office of Chairman of the Board will be filled by an independent director. John E. Dean, who has served as a member of the Board since 1994, was appointed Executive Chairman of the Board. Mr. Dean is an attorney who has specialized in higher education law since April 1985. Mr. Dean has been a partner at the Law Offices of John E. Dean since June 2005. Mr. Dean has also served as a principal of Washington Partners, LLC, a public affairs firm, since June 2002.
Mr. Modany has served in a leadership role at the Company since 2002. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Board since February 2008 and Chief Executive Officer since April 2007, he previously served as the Company's President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Modany had served on the Board since July 2006.
On August 4, 2014, the Company also announced that Eugene W. Feichtner has been promoted to the office of President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Mr. Feichtner has over 35 years of experience with the Company, serving most recently as Executive Vice President and President, ITT Technical Institute Division of the Company from April 2009 through July 2014.
“We thank Kevin for his many contributions to ESI since he became CEO in 2007 – especially the commitment, dedication and enthusiasm that he brings to the Company every single day. Kevin is a widely respected leader in the industry, and has worked tirelessly for over a decade on behalf of our students and the employers who hire them. Over the past several years, he has led the Company through a very challenging time in our industry with an unwavering passion and conviction that has served our institutions and their students well,” said Mr. Dean, on behalf of the Board.
Mr. Modany stated, “ESI is a tremendous organization with incredibly dedicated and talented employees who follow its core principles of Quality, Compliance and Customer Satisfaction and believe that improving student success is the primary mission of the Company. It has been an honor to serve as the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and I am proud of what we have accomplished.”
On behalf of the Board, Samuel L. Odle, the Presiding Director, stated, “We are very fortunate that Mr. Dean has agreed to serve as Executive Chairman of the Company, until the search for a new CEO is completed. John is a proven business leader with 30 years of experience in the education industry and a deep understanding of the Company's strategy, executive team and trends in the industry.”
Source: ITT Educational Services Inc.