PITTSBURGH, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Education Management Corporation (NASDAQ: EDMC) today announced the appointment of Carol DiBattiste to the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, with responsibility for oversight of all compliance matters and legal affairs at the company. She will join Education Management on March 18, and will report directly to Edward H. West, President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as to the Board of Directors in her role as Chief Compliance Officer.
Ms. DiBattiste is a recognized expert in compliance and enterprise risk management and brings extensive legal, compliance and leadership experience from both the public and private sectors. Most recently, she held the position of Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer for Geeknet, a publicly traded e-commerce business where she developed enterprise risk management and compliance programs. In addition, she has served in privacy, security, compliance and legal roles at Reed Elsevier and ChoicePoint, Inc., where she was General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer. Previously, Ms. DiBattiste was a partner in the international law firm of Holland & Knight where her specialties included government relations, corporate diversity counseling, and civil and criminal litigation.
In the public sector, Ms. DiBattiste served in many senior executive positions in the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security. Among her many distinguished roles, she served as the Under Secretary of the United States Air Force, Department of Defense, confirmed by the U.S. Senate, where she led a $70 billion, 710,000 military and civilian department responsible for recruiting, training and education, and readiness, and earlier as Principal Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Navy. She was also the Deputy Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security, where she led a $5.3 billion, 55,000-employee agency, responsible for securing the transportation sector post 9/11 to ensure the free movement of people and commerce. In the Department of Justice, she served as a federal prosecutor and also as the Deputy United States Attorney in the Southern District of Florida, the Director of the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Education, and the Director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys.
"Carol has demonstrated an abiding commitment to integrity, accountability and success throughout her distinguished career in the public and private sectors," said Edward H. West, President and Chief Executive Officer of Education Management. "She brings tremendous experience and leadership skills in compliance, risk management and corporate governance that will help Education Management build upon our dedication to operating with the highest possible standards of ethical behavior, transparency and compliance. We look forward to welcoming Carol to the Company.""I am honored to be joining a team of seasoned executives at Education Management that is so committed to education and the success of the students and graduates of its colleges and universities," said Ms. DiBattiste.