Jamie Davidson

Jamie Davidson

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Language Stars

Greater Chicago Area
Education Management

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Jamie Davidson's Overview

  • Fayetteville Manlius High School

500+ connections

Jamie Davidson's Summary

Jamie is currently the Chief Executive Officer, CEO at Language Stars. He is a results-driven, analytical, and innovative executive with significant experience driving global $100 million+ P&L results and executing business strategies in the financial, retail, and education industries.

He has a proven track record of leading and building highly successful multi-site teams, innovation, driving revenue and operating income growth, and beating the competition. Jamie also has extensive experience and understanding of the US and international education markets (online and offline).

Jamie Davidson graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. His post graduate education includes an MBA from the University of Delaware and an executive education program at Harvard Business School.


Specialties: Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Chief Operating Officer, COO, Private Equity, Tutoring, Foreign Language, Spanish, Mandarin, French, Italian, German, Arabic, Education Consulting, Global Marketing, Global expansion, Sales, Social Media, Financial and competitive market analysis, International Education markets, Data Modeling, Tutor, Educational Technology, Test Preparation & Tutoring, Oracle SQL, Six Sigma, Multi-site field operations, Service delivery, Brand positioning, Tutor, Test Prep, English Language, & TOEFL, SAT, ACT, PSAT, AP, GMAT, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, NCLEX, USMLE.

Jamie Davidson's Experience

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Language Stars

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Education Management industry

October 2013Present (1 year) Greater Chicago Area

Language Stars is the leading provider of early childhood foreign language education, is a rapidly growing educational organization that offers play-based, full immersion foreign language programs in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, and Arabic for children ages 1-10

Language Stars first opened in the Chicago area in 1998. Since that time, Language Stars has expanded to more than 20 learning centers over 150 schools and has taught more than 30,000 students!

The Language Stars mission is to revolutionize how and when American children learn foreign language to foster a future generation of multilingual Americans. www.LanguageStars.com

Chief Operating Officer (COO), K-12 Education Tutoring, Test Prep & Tutor Industry

C2 Education

Educational Institution; 501-1000 employees; Education Management industry

October 2011September 2013 (2 years) Greater Atlanta Area

C2 Education: SAT/ACT/PSAT/SSAT test prep, tutor, and educational support centers. C2 Education offers personal tutoring from algebra to English, from PSAT prep to AP test help with over 100 locations in the US and Canada.

Territory Vice President, Northeast & Europe, Middle East & Africa

Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; WPO; Education Management industry

January 2009September 2011 (2 years 9 months) New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., London, & Paris

Responsibilities included leading two of the company's five Territories as well as European, Middle East & Africa operations reporting into the CEO of Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions.

Led and was responsible for the marketing, sales, operations and P&L performance for many of the company’s most critical markets including New York City, Washington D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, London, and Paris. Kaplan Inc. had 2010 revenue of $2.9 billion.

Businesses included English Language & Test Prep products TOEFL, GMAT, LSAT, GRE, MCAT, SAT, ACT, NCLEX, USMLE, classroom and tutoring as well as MBA, graduate school, law school & college admissions consulting.

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; WPO; Education Management industry

January 2006December 2008 (3 years) Washington D.C. Metro Area, Philadelphia, Baltimore

Responsible for the marketing, sales, operations and P&L performance for the Mid Atlantic Region (1 of 11 regions) consisting of 13 locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia.

Businesses included English Language & Test Prep products TOEFL, GMAT, LSAT, GRE, MCAT, SAT, ACT, NCLEX, USMLE, classroom and tutoring as well as MBA, graduate school, law school & college admissions consulting.

General Manager

The Home Depot

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; HD; Retail industry

March 20032005 (2 years)

Completed intensive leadership program and managed a 200 person team with full P&L responsibility.

Assistant Vice President - Strategies / Data Analysis


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; BAC; Banking industry

19972003 (6 years) Delaware

Data Solutions Manager - led Data Solutions team responsible for analysis, development, and automation for the Consumer Finance division.

Credit Operations Manager - led 3 units consisting of seven managers who oversaw the operation of the Call Center, Reporting (Credit and Marketing), and Telemarketing areas for 190 Loan Specialists.

Consumer Finance Portfolio Quality/Strategies Business Analyst - responsible for the development and management of acquisition routing and credit line increase strategies, including, auto-approval, auto-decline, recommended approval, and recommended decline criteria for a $6 billion loan portfolio.

Army Officer

US Army

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Military industry

May 19941997 (3 years)

Platoon Leader - responsible for the training, discipline, career development, and combat readiness of 48 soldiers and equipment valued in excess of $3.5 million.

Company Executive Officer - responsible for the operation and maintenance of an Army company with 192 soldiers and $12 million of equipment.

Assistant Battalion Supply Officer - Primary officer responsible for the management of $1.1 million battalion budget and logistical data for 600 soldiers.

Jamie Davidson's Education

United States Military Academy at West Point

BS, Mathematical Economics & Systems Engineering


US Army Air Assault School

Activities and Societies: Battalion Athletic Officer, Finance Forum, Army Lacrosse, & Army Sailing

Harvard Business School

This was an Executive Education Program.


University of Delaware



Fayetteville Manlius High School


Jamie Davidson's Skills & Expertise

  1. Private Equity
  2. P&L Management
  3. International Education
  4. Organizational Leadership
  5. Strategic Planning
  6. Team Building
  7. Performance Improvement
  8. Operations Management
  9. Organizational Development
  10. Marketing Strategy
  11. Leadership Development
  12. Business Strategy
  13. SAT
  14. Chief Operating Officer
  15. COO
  16. Test Preparation
  17. College Counseling
  18. Educational Leadership
  19. TOEFL
  20. MBNA America Bank
  21. Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions
  22. GMAT
  23. LSAT
  24. GRE
  25. MCAT
  26. Kaplan
  27. USMLE
  28. NCLEX
  29. Tutoring
  30. ACT
  31. Educational Management
  32. College Admissions
  33. Strategy
  34. Admissions
  35. P&L Financial Management
  36. Executive Management
  37. Managing P&Ls
  38. P&L Budget Management
  39. Staff Development
  40. P&L Ownership
  41. Organizational Effectiveness
  42. Cross-functional Team Leadership
  43. P&L Responsibility
  44. Operational Excellence
  45. Full P&L Responsibility
  46. Finance
  47. Training
  48. Leadership
  49. P & L Ownership
  50. Chief Executive Officer

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Jamie Davidson's Organizations

  • Atlanta CEO Council

    • January 2012 to Present

    The Atlanta CEO Council is an organization of invited executives for the purpose of developing relationships, promoting entrepreneurship and investing in the community.

    Since 1999, the Atlanta CEO Council has operated as an incubation center of ideas and launching pad for entrepreneurs. The venture showcase started in 2002 is today’s hugely successful Venture Atlanta, approaching $1 billion in investments generated. By partnering with thought leaders, the Council provides insight and inspiration on business topics, innovative technology and big ideas.

  • Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG)

    "Expert" consultant
    • December 2011 to Present

    Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) is a knowledge brokerage firm that operates a membership-based platform of subject matter experts who provide independent ad-hoc consulting services to companies around the world. GLG experts include consultants, physicians, scientists, engineers, lawyers, senior current and former c-level executives, and former government members.

Jamie Davidson's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • U9 Age Group Director & Coach

      Lambert Longhorns Youth Lacrosse Association
  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Education
      • Science and Technology

Jamie Davidson's Additional Information


Social Media, E-Learning, Global Marketing, Leadership, Networking, New Technology

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