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Employment History

President, Chief Operating Officer and Director

Edison Schools Inc

President and Chief Operating Officer

Edison Schools Inc

General Counsel

Edison Schools Inc

Education



The Broad Superintendents Academy Class

Juris Doctor degree

Columbia Law School

Bachelor of Arts
History
Amherst College

Web References (198 Total References)


Despite improving its scores - QSAC ...

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Despite improving its scores - QSAC is the NJ Department of Educatoin's monitoring and evaluation system for public school districts - Acting State Education Commissioner Chris Cerf refused to surrender the state's authority over Newark's school district, prompting an appeal from a group of parents.

With the ruling, Cerf is required to issue a letter to the city school board in the next 30 days outlining the transition from state to local governance, NJ.com reported.
Jersey City and Paterson, which were taken over a few years before Newark, remain under state control.
Education Law Center attorney Stewart Clifford argued to a three-judge panel that Cerf had failed to illustrate the facts that supported the state's ongoing management of Newark's schools.


Leadership | Amplify

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Chris Cerf

Chief executive officer, Amplify Insight
Chris Cerf, chief executive officer of Amplify Insight, was New Jersey's commissioner of education from January 2011 to March 2014, serving 2,500 public schools, 1.4 million students and 110,000 teachers. Previous positions include deputy chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, associate counsel to President Clinton, a partner in two Washington, D.C., law firms, and law clerk to retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Prior to attending law school, Chris spent four years as a high school history teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Chris Cerf
Chief executive officer, Amplify Insight
Chris Cerf, chief executive officer of Amplify Insight, was New Jersey's commissioner of education from January 2011 to March 2014, serving 2,500 public schools, 1.4 million students and 110,000 teachers. Previous positions include deputy chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, associate counsel to President Clinton, a partner in two Washington, D.C., law firms, and law clerk to retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Prior to attending law school, Chris spent four years as a high school history teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Whittle and Cerf in the ...

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Whittle and Cerf in the transaction and because some of our directors and executive officers will have economic interests in Edison following the merger through their ownership of Shakespeare.

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Mr. Whittle and Mr. Cerf have interests that differ from those of other Edison stockholders because, among other things, they will receive equity interests in Shakespeare and will have employment agreements with Edison following the merger.
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Whittle and Cerf), who collectively beneficially own shares of Edison common stock entitled to cast 15.3 million votes or 22% of the voting power outstanding as of August 5, 2003, have indicated their intention to vote their shares in favor of the merger.
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These directors and executive officers are John B. Balousek, Mr. Cerf, Joan Ganz Cooney, Charles J. Delaney, Benno C. Schmidt, Jr. and Mr. Whittle.
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- approximately 22.22% of the contingent Series B common shares will be owned by Mr. Cerf and approximately 77.78% will be issuable to other management members who have not yet been determined; and
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- Mr. Whittle and the other management members (including Mr. Cerf) will own contingent shares (vesting ratably over a period of 60 months) that will potentially represent the right to receive up to 10.5% and 9%, respectively, of the residual distributions of Shakespeare after priority distributions to senior shares, including distributions to senior holders of their capital contributions plus a preferred return and in the case of Mr. Whittle's contingent shares, distributions related to the contingent shares held by Mr. Cerf and other management members, subject to significant additional dilution and certain other contingencies as further described beginning on page 61 in "Special Factors -- Post-Closing Arrangements Among Liberty Partners and the Management Members" and beginning on page 19 in "Special Factors -- Capitalization"; and
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- Mr. Whittle and the other management members (including Mr. Cerf) will own contingent shares (vesting ratably over a period of 60 months) that will potentially represent the right to receive up to 10.5% and 9%, respectively, of the residual distributions of Shakespeare after priority distributions to senior shares, including distributions to senior holders of their capital contributions plus a preferred return and in the case of Mr. Whittle's contingent shares, distributions related to the contingent shares held by Mr. Cerf and other management members, subject to significant additional dilution and certain other contingencies as further described beginning on page 61 in "Special Factors -- Post-Closing Arrangements Among Liberty Partners and the Management Members" and beginning on page 19 in "Special Factors -- Capitalization"; and
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The board of directors of Edison after the completion of the merger will include three of Edison's current directors, Mr. Whittle, Mr. Cerf and Benno C. Schmidt, Jr., and four affiliates of Liberty Partners, Peter E. Bennett, Michael S. Levine, Yvonne V. Marsh and G. Michael Stakias.
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Whittle and Cerf and potentially other management members that will become effective upon completion of the merger.
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Christopher Cerf
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Series B common shares - Mr. Cerf
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Series B common shares - Mr. Cerf
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Series B common shares - Mr. Cerf
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Series B common shares -- Mr. Cerf
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Series B common shares -- Mr. Cerf
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Series B common shares -- Mr. Cerf
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Series B common shares -- Mr. Cerf
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Mr. Whittle and Mr. Cerf discussed various alternatives with the board of directors.
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In December 2002 and January 2003, Mr. Whittle discussed with Mr. Cerf financial advisers who could assist in evaluating the feasibility of and in implementing a going-private transaction.
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At each of these meetings, Mr. Whittle and either or both of Mr. Cerf and John Chubb, Edison's chief education officer, were present.
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Whittle and Cerf and other members of Edison's executive management.
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Whittle and Cerf (these projections, which were the same as were presented by Bear Stearns to Liberty Partners and the other financial sponsors considered by Bear Stearns before Mr. Whittle selected Liberty Partners, are referred to in this proxy statement as the "Plan Case" projections).
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Whittle and Cerf provided Evercore with a draft of three additional sets of projections based on different assumptions, with a final version being delivered to Evercore on July 11, 2003.
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Immediately following the meeting of the special committee, the board of directors held a special meeting, with Mr. Whittle and Mr. Cerf recused due to their participation in the transaction and Reverend Flake absent due to a scheduling conflict.
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The merger agreement and the merger were approved by the members of Edison's board of directors, with Mr. Whittle and Mr. Cerf recused due to their participation in the transaction and Reverend Flake absent due to a scheduling conflict.
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Whittle and Cerf in connection with the evaluation of a potential transaction involving Edison.
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Christopher D. Cerf
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The board of directors of Edison after the completion of the merger will include three of Edison's current directors, Mr. Whittle, Mr. Cerf and Benno C. Schmidt, Jr., and four affiliates of Liberty Partners, Peter E. Bennett, Michael S. Levine, Yvonne V. Marsh and G. Michael Stakias.
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Agreements with Mr. Cerf.Mr. Cerf will continue as president and chief operating officer of Edison and a member of Edison's board of directors following the merger.Shakespeare and Mr. Cerf have agreed that Mr. Cerf will be issued 20,000 Series B common shares of Shakespeare upon the consummation of the merger.In addition, Shakespeare and Mr. Cerf have agreed to extend Mr. Cerf's existing employment agreement with Edison for a period of one year following the consummation of the merger, on the same terms and conditions described below.Pursuant to his current employment agreement with Edison, Mr. Cerf is entitled to a minimum annual base salary of $295,000 and is eligible for an annual bonus of up to 150% of his base salary.
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In addition to the 20,000 Series B common shares of Shakespeare that Shakespeare anticipates issuing to Mr. Cerf (as described above), Shakespeare contemplates issuing up to 70,000 Series B common shares of Shakespeare to other senior members of Edison's management who have not yet been determined.
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- Mr. Cerf will be issued 20,000 Series B common shares which vest ratably over 60 months. - other members of Edison's management, excluding Messrs.Whittle and Cerf, will be issued 70,000 Series B common shares which vest ratably over 60 months.
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Employment Arrangement with Mr. Cerf.For a description of this arrangement, see "-- Interests of Certain Persons in the Merger -- Agreements with Mr. Cerf."
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Immediately after the merger, the Edison board of directors will consist of seven members, including the following current members of Edison's board: Mr. Schmidt who will continue to be chairman of the board, Mr. Whittle and Mr. Cerf; and four affiliates of Liberty Partners: Peter E. Bennett, Michael S. Levine, Yvonne V. Marsh and G. Michael Stakias.
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Additionally, Mr. Cerf and Shakespeare have a verbal agreement to extend Mr. Cerf's existing employment agreement with Edison for a period of one year following the consummation of the merger, on the same terms and conditions that exist today.
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Except as set forth below, none of Shakespeare, Shakespeare Acquisition Corporation, Liberty Partners, Mr. Whittle and Mr. Cerf has purchased any shares of Edison common stock during the past two years.
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Christopher D. Cerf President, Chief Operating Officer and Director
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Christopher D. Cerf has served as president since July 2002 and as chief operating officer since May 1999.He has also served as a director since November 2000.He also served as our general counsel from June 1997 to April 2000.Prior to joining us, he was a partner in the law firm of Wiley, Rein and Fielding from 1991 to 1994 and from May 1996 to May 1997.Between 1994 and May 1996, he served in the White House as Associate Counsel to the President.Mr. Cerf is also a former high school history teacher.
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Christopher D. Cerf(12)
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Christopher D. Cerf has served as president since July 2002 and as chief operating officer since May 1999.He has also served as a director since November 2000.He also served as our general counsel from June 1997 to April 2000.Prior to joining us, he was a partner in the law firm of Wiley, Rein an


Christie's acting education commissioner, ...

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Christie's acting education commissioner, Christopher Cerf, has experience in public-private school partnerships. He previously led Edison Schools, a for-profit company that became the largest private-sector manager of public schools. Cerf left the company, now called EdisonLearning, in 2005.

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Christie is also connected to for-profit education companies, including Cerf's.
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While the firm was representing the multinational education company, Chris Cerf was its general counsel.


Team - Ascend Learning

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Chris Cerf Director

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