(Charlottesville, VA) – WorldStrides, the nation’s largest educational travel and study abroad organization, announces that Anish Rajparia has been appointed Chief Operating Officer. Rajparia will be instrumental in helping WorldStrides achieve key goals of expanding programs to reach more students domestically and internationally.
Rajparia comes to WorldStrides with over 20 years of experience leading large and entrepreneurial organization P&Ls, with impact in general management, strategy, product, marketing, business development and technology. Most recently, Rajparia served in leadership roles at Automated Data Processing (ADP) including serving as president of Major Account Services, Canada, Small Business Services, and International. Prior to ADP, Rajparia was co-CEO of Parlo, an online language learning company. He has extensive experience living and working abroad in France, Spain, and Brazil and speaks five languages fluently. Rajparia holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Duke University.
“After a comprehensive search process, we have found an incredibly talented, results-oriented executive to lead WorldStrides’ operational efforts for fast-paced growth and operating leverage,” reports Jim Hall, President and Chief Executive Officer. In his role, Rajparia will oversee WorldStrides’ major business units in K-12, University, Performing Arts and Study Abroad, as well as key supporting departments including Marketing and Customer Service.
WorldStrides sets the industry standard in educational travel and study abroad. Each year, the company provides programs in more than 100 countries for 400,000 students, ranging from upper elementary school to the post-graduate level. WorldStrides has more than 1,300 global employees operating out of 45 offices on six continents.
WorldStrides, founded by a middle school teacher in 1967, is the largest educational travel and study abroad organization headquartered in the United States and is accredited as a school by the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. WorldStrides specializes in providing educational programs for more than 400,000 students annually. More than 7,000 elementary, middle and high schools, and more than 1,000 universities choose WorldStrides to provide inspiring lessons beyond the classroom. WorldStrides, a portfolio company of Silverhawk Capital Partners and Metalmark Capital, is headquartered in Charlottesville, Va. The organization has offices in 45+ locations around the world including the United Kingdom, Australia, China, Chile, and Canada.
For more information on WorldStrides, visit www.worldstrides.com.