Robert E. Cockburn joins Kaplan Ventures as the new Chief Financial Officer, it was announced today by Jim Rosenthal, Kaplan Ventures’ Chief Executive Officer.

Cockburn is responsible for overseeing the financial management of Kaplan Ventures which focuses on developing companies with high-growth potential at the intersection of education, technology and compliance. In addition, Cockburn will play an active role in Kaplan Venture’s acquisition activities and overall strategy.

“Rob brings a great depth of experience in financial acquisitions, capital formation and strategic thinking,” said Rosenthal. “His experience will help Kaplan Ventures build on its unique portfolio of investments that offer an expanding array of specialized education and compliance programs to businesses around the world.”

Cockburn most recently worked as Managing Director at the investment bank Piper Jaffray & Co., where he was a senior member of the team responsible for launching Piper’s media and telecom practice. He worked closely with management teams and boards of directors to identify and solve complicated structural, financial and operational issues. Prior to joining Piper Jaffray, Cockburn was Senior Vice President at Jefferies & Company, Inc., where he completed M&A, financing and restructuring transactions for media, entertainment, internet and technology companies.

Cockburn began his career in the newspaper business, working in a variety of capacities for the Trentonian, Brunswick Times Record, New Haven Register and Hartford Courant. He later was an investment banker at Prudential Securities Incorporated, Robertson Stephens Inc. and SG Cowen & Co., Inc.

Cockburn received his MBA from the University of Virginia in 1997 and completed his B.A. in History from Trinity College in 1990.

About Kaplan Ventures

Kaplan Ventures focuses on growing and incubating companies with high growth potential at the intersection of education, technology and compliance. Our goal is to spur innovation while generating long-term attractive financial returns and/or strategic benefits. Both as an investor and an owner, Kaplan Ventures provides entrepreneurs with capital, management support, industry expertise, relationships across Kaplan, Inc., and the Kaplan brand. Kaplan Ventures is a unit of Kaplan, Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses and a wholly owned subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE:WPO). For more information, please visit

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