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Kermit Cook

Chief Operating Officer


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Kermit Cook joined Cengage Group as Chief Operating Officer in 2020. In this role, he is responsible for leading critical, transformative functions and projects across the organization, including Corporate Strategy, Product Operations, Supply Chain and Human Resources. He is also responsible for guiding the strategy and operations of Cengage Group’s U.S. School business.

Prior to joining Cengage Group, Kermit worked in a variety of roles globally at KKR Capstone from 2007 to 2020. Most recently, he served as Co-Head of KKR Capstone in the Americas and was a member of KKR’s Portfolio Management Committees for Americas Private Equity and Special Situations. Throughout his career, Kermit worked with numerous KKR portfolio companies globally, including GenesisCare, Bis Industries, Unisteel, US Foods, Education Management, Amedisys and Cengage Group. Previously he worked for McKinsey & Company in Boston, and he taught high school physics in St. Louis with Teach for America. He holds a B.A. and B.E. from Dartmouth College, and an MBA and M.A. Ed. from Stanford University. Kermit is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at the Linsly School in Wheeling, West Virginia. He lives in Darien, Connecticut.