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Linda Mason, Chairman and Founder

Linda Mason, chairman, co-founded Bright Horizons in 1986 with her husband, Roger Brown. She and Roger Brown also co-founded Horizons for Homeless Children, a nonprofit organization that provides high-quality early education, opportunities for play and comprehensive family support services for young homeless children and their families throughout Massachusetts.

David Lissy, Executive Chairman of the Board

David Lissy, executive chairman of the board, joined Bright Horizons in 1997 as the chief development officer and served in this capacity prior to becoming chief executive officer in January of 2002. He is responsible for leading the company's growth strategy, including its global expansion into Europe, Canada, and elsewhere.

Stephen Kramer, Chief Executive Officer

Stephen Kramer joined Bright Horizons in 2006 when the company acquired the organization he co-founded in 1998. Stephen leads the company's global growth strategy and oversees operations in Europe and India, as well as the Back-Up Dependent Care and Educational Advisory Services segments. He is a graduate of Babson College and Harvard Business School and is the father of two young children.

Elizabeth Boland, Chief Financial Officer

Elizabeth Boland, chief financial officer, is responsible for the financial management of the company, including the implementation of financial policies and procedures and the development of a flexible infrastructure to support quality and growth.

Mary Lou Burke Afonso, Chief Operating Officer, North America Center Operations

Mary Lou Burke Afonso is a 20-year veteran of Bright Horizons, having served in a variety of leadership roles in nearly every aspect of the organization, including operation, finance and client relations. In her current role she is responsible for overseeing the operational leadership and management of all North America-based child care centers and schools. She also oversees all center relations with current clients. Mary Lou is a graduate of Boston College School of Management. Her two daughters are graduates of Bright Horizons early education and preschool.

Danroy "Dan" T. Henry, Chief Culture Officer

Danroy "Dan" T. Henry, Chief Culture Officer, has a unique blend of operations and human resources leadership skills. His business career spans over twenty years with leading consumer products, retail and service companies. In addition to his human resources roles at Pepsi and Reebok International, his executive roles with Staples, Blinds To Go Superstores, and Fleet Boston Financial have encompassed human resources, call center, retail store operations and retail banking.

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Maribeth Bearfield, SVP, HR and Chief Human Resources Officer

Maribeth Bearfield joined Bright Horizons in 2017 as SVP, HR and Chief Human Resources Officer. Maribeth brings a background as an educator and more than 25 years of human resources experience to our organization. Prior to joining Bright Horizons, Maribeth served as CHRO at Kaseya Corporation and Hanover Insurance, and as Chief Talent Officer at State Street. Maribeth has also held positions at Cisco Systems, Oracle and GTE.

Sandy Wells Chief Development Officer

As Chief Development Officer, Sandy Wells has primary responsibility for the development of Bright Horizons' U.S. employer-sponsored growth strategies and client success efforts. Her leadership encompasses strategic planning, business development, account management, client engagement, growth operations and alliance partnering.

Mandy Berman Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Mandy joined Bright Horizons in 2005, and shortly thereafter she led the successful launch and subsequent growth of the company’s Back-Up Care Advantage program. She also oversees BUCA/Care Advantage and the company’s Broomfield Contact Center operations, operations in the Netherlands and IT.

Eric Lindgren, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Eric R. Lindgren joined Bright Horizons as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer in January 2016. Eric is responsible for leading Information Technology for Bright Horizons five business lines and over 30,000 global employees. Mr Lindgren previously was Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer for Clean Harbors from 2014 to 2016, Mr. Lindgren served for seven years as Vice President, Chief Information Officer for PerkinElmer, Inc, a global leader in human and environmental health. In addition to his leadership role in IT, Mr. Lindgren also led initatives for PerkinElmer in eBusiness, Global Shared Services, and Continuous Improvement. Prior to PerkinElmer, he spent eight years with diversified technology and manufacturing leader Honeywell where he served as Vice President, Chief Information Officer for the Environmental and Combustion Controls business unit and CIO for the Consumer Products Group. Mr. Lindgren received a Bachelor's degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Boston University.

Stephen Dreier, Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary

Stephen Dreier has served as Chief Administrative Officer and Secretary of the Company since 1998. He joined Bright Horizons, Inc. as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 1988 and became its Secretary in November 1988 and Treasurer in September 1994.

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