Case Study

KinderCare, CAO

Find a Chief Academic Officer to Succeed Beloved Founder

Marquita Davis, Chief Academic Officer, KinderCare


Executive Search






  • Successor to a beloved founder 
  • Thought leader and spokesperson on Early Childhood Education for the organization 
  • Increase the diversity of the leadership team 


  • Finding a strong early childhood expert with the gravitas to become a national spokesperson 
  • Interpersonal skills to take over the reins from an incumbent who will be remaining in a leadership role with the company 
  • Finding an expert in curriculum with strong business acumen for a for-profit company 


  • In her role as KinderCare’s Chief Academic Officer, Marquita Davis will oversee development of KinderCare’s high-quality educational programs, educator professional development, quality and accreditation initiatives, research and evaluation, inclusion services, and public policy.  “We’re thrilled to have Dr. Davis join KinderCare as Chief Academic Officer. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise, and I’m confident that her results-oriented focus and passion for serving others will be a strong addition to our organization,” said Tom Wyatt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of KinderCare. “As an advocate for children and families with a true passion for education, Dr. Davis has shown a keen understanding of the critical importance of high-quality early childhood education and care to this nation’s future.” 


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