Tom Wyatt is Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of KinderCare Education (KCE). KCE is the nation’s leading private provider of high-quality early childhood education and school-age programs, serving more than 185,000 children from six weeks to 12 years old at more than 2,300 locations nationwide. KCE is the parent company of the KinderCare, KinderCare Education at Work and Champions brands.As CEO, Tom is responsible for all aspects of the company’s strategy, leadership, governance and operations.
Since becoming CEO in 2012, Tom has guided the company’s transformational turnaround. He leads the company’s executive team in achieving the highest standards of excellence in education, with more accredited centers than all other early childhood education providers combined. His focus on a cultural transformation has been marked by record-high levels of employee and customer engagement, earning KCE the Gallup Great Workplace Award for the past two years. These combined efforts have resulted in top- and bottom-line growth for 23 consecutive quarters.
Tom’s career spans more than 30 years of leading successful consumer brands. Before joining KCE, Tom served as President of Gap Inc.’s Old Navy division from 2008 to 2012, directing all aspects of the brand and overseeing more than 1,000 stores in North America as well as the brand’s launch overseas. Under his leadership, the retailer strengthened its brand positioning, re-energized its product, launched an award-winning marketing platform, remodeled its fleet of stores and improved productivity – resulting in comparable store growth, increased profitability and growth in market share.
Tom first joined Gap Inc. as President of GapBody in March 2006. In February 2007, he was named head of the Outlet division, where he was responsible for Gap Outlet and Banana Republic Factory Stores. In his time with the company, he also served on the Board of Trustees of Gap Foundation, and was a staunch advocate for the company’s long-standing commitment to community involvement and education.
Prior to working at Gap Inc., Tom held the position of President and CEO for Cutter & Buck, also serving on the Board of Directors for the publicly traded company. During this time, he engineered the turnaround of one of the nation's top makers of sportswear. He also served as President of Warnaco Intimate Apparel, a global designer and manufacturer of highly recognized brand names including Warner's, Olga and Lejaby. Before that, Tom spent more than 20 years with Vanity Fair Corporation, serving as President of Vanity Fair Intimates and Vanity Fair Intimates Coalition.
Tom is a member of the Board of Directors of Jack in the Box Inc., a restaurant company that operates more than 2,200 Jack in the Box restaurants in the U.S., and of Vishal Mega Mart, a retail company in India that operates more than 300 brick and mortar stores as well as an online store.
Tom is married, the father of two daughters and grandfather of four grandchildren.