The Great Courses Appoints Chuck Davis As Executive Chairman
CHANTILLY, Va., June 5, 2013
CHANTILLY, Va., June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Great Courses, the nation's
leading developer and marketer of engaging, premium-quality video and audio
courses for lifelong learners, today announced that it has appointed Charles
("Chuck") Davis Executive Chairman of the company's board of directors. As
former CEO of two highly successful e-commerce platforms, Fandango and
Shopzilla, Davis will take an active role in expanding The Great Courses'
online and digital efforts.
The Great Courses (www.thegreatcourses.com) is the premier brand of The
Teaching Company, a portfolio investment of private equity firm Brentwood
Associates ("Brentwood"). The Great Courses currently offers more than 450
video and audio courses for lifelong learning and personal enrichment,
spanning more than 6,000 hours of content across a wide range of subjects.
With the recent launch of its iPad app, customers can watch or listen to The
Great Courses in both digital and physical formats, including digital
streaming and download, DVD and CD.
"Chuck has extensive expertise in building and growing companies and will be a
valuable asset to The Great Courses," said Bill Barnum, a partner at
Brentwood. "Chuck's track record in driving exceptional digital growth will
be the perfect complement to the efforts of The Great Courses' highly
accomplished management team. Although still early in its development, the
company's digital investments are paying off with sizeable improvements in
customer satisfaction and increased content consumption."
Davis currently is acting as the 2012-2013 International Chairman of the Young
Presidents' Organization worldwide board of directors. Prior to that, he
spent five years at Fandango, a company he led to become the nation's top web,
mobile, and e-commerce destination for moviegoers. He also oversaw Fandango's
acquisition by Comcast Corporation in 2007. Prior to Fandango, Davis was
President and CEO of Shopzilla, Inc. (formerly BizRate.com), and grew the
company to become the largest, most profitable and fastest-growing comparison
shopping site online. Shopzilla was acquired by the E.W. Scripps Company in
Paul Suijk, recently promoted to President of The Great Courses, added, "As we
continue to expand our library of premium-quality content for lifelong
learners, we have the opportunity to provide our customers with more robust,
feature-rich digital tools so our customers can access it wherever, whenever
and on any device they choose. Chuck will bring a wealth of experience and
resources to our effort as we enter this next, exciting stage of growth."
Davis sits on several boards, including Boingo (WIFI) and ShopatHome, and is a
venture partner at Technology Crossover Ventures. Davis also serves as a
trustee at Brown University where he leads its Advancement Committee and is an
Expert-in-Residence at Harvard Business School.
"The Great Courses represents a unique and compelling opportunity to leverage
my passion for building leading digital platforms. With an enthusiastic and
highly loyal customer base and a large, one-of-a-kind library of high-quality
content, the company is well positioned to benefit from a continued transition
to a digital environment, and I am eager to be part of the team," said Davis.
The Great Courses
The Great Courses is the nation's leading developer and marketer of engaging,
premium-quality courses for lifelong learners. Delivered in engaging, expertly
produced video and audio (digital streaming and download, DVD, CD), these
carefully crafted courses provide access to a world of knowledge from the most
accomplished professors and experts. The content-rich proprietary library
spans over 450 titles with more than 6,000 hours and 12,000 lectures designed
to expand horizons, deepen understanding and foster epiphanies in the arts,
science, literature, self-improvement, history, music, philosophy, theology,
economics, mathematics, business, professional advancement, personal
enrichment and high school curriculum. Creating unique learning experiences
since 1990, The Great Courses is the premier brand of The Teaching Company
based in Chantilly, VA. More information can be found at
Brentwood Associates is a consumer-focused private equity investment firm with
over $650 million of capital under management and a thirty-year history of
investing in leading middle-market growth companies. Brentwood focuses on
investments in growing businesses where it is able to leverage its extensive
experience in areas such as: branded consumer products; consumer services;
direct marketing, including direct mail and e-commerce; education; health and
wellness; restaurants; and specialty retail. Since 1984, Brentwood's
dedicated private equity team has invested in 42 portfolio companies with an
aggregate transaction value of over $5 billion. With significant experience
in both investing and brand building, Brentwood is a value-added partner with
entrepreneurs and executives building world-class companies. For more
information about Brentwood, please visit www.brentwood.com.
The Teaching Company
William Barnum, Jr.
SOURCE Brentwood Associates
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