Jon Gaunt is truly passionate about the mission to "change lives through education". He leads an amazing team of talented people who are obsessed with how we can deliver on this aspiration. Our goal is to provide an exceptional student journey from the point of initial contact through graduation, and we are leveraging technology, data and processes to make this happen. Jon has 15 years of experience in driving transformational change and growth in companies and brings specific skills in leadership, investing and strategic thinking.
What do you bring to Keypath Education as Chief Operating Officer?
A maniacal obsession for how we can get better and challenge the status quo within our industry. I have a passion for learning about new businesses and segments, as well as improving our service offerings as technologies and opportunities arise. My ability to think about the big picture and how the industry will change (and respond to it) is important to Keypath Education's long-term success.
How do you measure your success?
Happy partners. Happy students. Happy employees. Our goal is to create an environment where all three of these groups can thrive.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learned in business?
Know your customer. I’m a true believer in the power and the focus that comes with that knowledge. Seth Godin has a great quote about this: “If you persist in trying to be all things to all people, you will fail.”
What excites you about higher education?
I love coming to work every day focused on higher education because I truly believe in the impact it can have on someone’s life. We are in a unique role to help students find the right school, succeed when they arrive and prepare them for the perfect job after graduation.
Higher education will dramatically change over the next 10 to 15 years, and I can’t wait to be right in the thick of it.
What’s the one hobby you couldn’t live without?
That is a tough one – I would say a tie between skiing and golf. The ideal day would be to ski all morning on a great powder day and still have time to play 18 holes in the afternoon.