Thomas C. Leppert is the Chief Executive Officer of Kaplan, Inc., the global educational services company and largest subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company.
Leppert first joined Kaplan in January 2013 as the company's President and Chief Operating Officer, with oversight of its various operating divisions across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He assumed his current role in April 2014.
From 2007-2011, he was the elected Mayor of Dallas, Texas. In that role, he instilled a professional, supportive and business focused approach and a strong sense of cooperation, optimism and "can do" spirit within the city and community. He championed policies to improve the quality of life in Dallas and made the city a national focal point in the areas of public safety, economic development, and the environment. In addition
Leppert's public career followed 30 years of leading major national and international corporations in the areas of construction, financial services, homebuilding and real estate. He served as the Chairman and CEO of The Turner Corporation, the nation's largest general building company. In that role, from 1999 to 2006, he led the company into new markets, doubled its revenues, and initiated Turner University, an innovative internal, online training program for its 7,000 plus employees.
Prior to Turner, Leppert was Vice Chairman of Pacific Century Financial Corporation and its major subsidiary, the Bank of Hawaii; President and CEO of Castle & Cooke Properties, Inc.; and a National Partner at Trammell Crow Company. He began his career at McKinsey & Co. where he was elected a Principal of the firm.
Leppert served as a White House Fellow in 1984 under President Ronald Reagan. He holds an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School and graduated cum laude from Claremont McKenna College.
A lifelong community volunteer, he has served numerous community groups and charitable organizations on both the local and national levels. Leppert served as chair of the Greater Dallas Regional Chamber, the Hawaii Business Roundtable, and the Bishop Museum. He has also served on numerous boards, including the US Chamber of Commerce, National Building Museum, and Executive Board of US Conference of Mayors. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to the White House Fellows Commission.
He and his wife Laura have three children and are members of First Baptist Church Dallas and Park Cities Baptist Church.