New Horizons provides franchisees with a strong, stable base and plenty of support from people that are experts in the English learning industry. Many of New Horizons’ key players are people that have used their extensive knowledge from other close, related industries to help grow the business and develop superior learning systems for both clients and franchisees. Meet some of the movers and shakers that have helped evolve New Horizons into the highly successful English learning company that it is today.

Earle Pratt

President and Chief Executive Officer

Earle Pratt joined New Horizons on July 1, 2010, hired on to be the company President and Chief Operating Officer. In October 2011, Mr. Pratt was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer. Before signing on with New Horizons, Mr. Pratt was a private consultant for a number of companies- including New Horizons-from October 2008 until June 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Pratt spend over 6 years with Wall Street Institute as Chief Finance Officer and Chief Operating Officer, with responsibility for a network of over 350 English language learning centers worldwide. Mr. Pratt is an operations and finance professional that speaks several languages and has full rights to work in the U.S. and the European Union.

Christopher Eden

Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations and Chief Development Officer

Christopher Eden was hired into his position in February of 2013. As the Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations and Chief Development Officer, Mr. Eden manages central operations and oversees overall business strategies for the New Horizons franchise network. Prior to joining New Horizons, Mr. Eden fulfilled many executive positions during his 13 years at Wall Street Institute, a worldwide leader in English language education. Mr. Eden has extensive experience with international service sector sales, marketing, and development.

Howard H. Mark

Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Howard Mark joined the New Horizons team in June 2007 as the Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer and was quickly promoted to his current position. Mr. Mark previously held a position similar to his current position with Right Management, a global career transition and organizational consulting firm. Mr. Mark has been called a transformational leader that understands change, strategy, and how to align business goals with individual needs.

Scott McDaniel

Senior Director, International Development

Scott McDaniel started with New Horizons franchises in 1998 and worked his way up with the company, filling positions such as Account Executive and General Manager in Australia and the United States up until 2004. In June 2004, Mr. McDaniel became the Business Development Manager for the company and was promoted to International Development Director in June 2007. In January of 2015, he assumed his current role, which is based in Singapore. His extensive experience with the company throughout various parts of the world makes him ideal for helping company franchisees around the world.

Nicola Merchant

Senior Director, English Language Operations

Nicola Merchant joined the New Horizons team in November 2014 and leads the implementation of the New Horizons English division. Prior to joining New Horizons, Ms Merchant held several positions in Wall Street English, spanning a range of business areas including franchise business management, education management, training, auditing and and working with a global network of franchisees.

Sarah Rooke

Service Director, English Language

Sarah joined the New Horizons English division at the start of 2016 and holds the Cambridge DELTA qualification. She has many years’ teaching experience in various countries and multicultural settings and has most recently worked as a Director of Studies at a UK private language school. Sarah is committed to ensuring educational progress and an enjoyable experience for all students through quality teaching and meaningful learning.