BEIJING, March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- ChinaCast Education Corporation ("ChinaCast" or the "Company",NASDAQ: CAST), a leading post-secondary education and e-learning services provider in China, today announced that its board of directors had appointed Doug Woodrum as interim Chief Financial Officer and Secretary, effective immediately, replacing Antonio Sena, who stepped down as Chief Financial Officer and Secretary.
"The appointment of Doug Woodrum, a seasoned executive with years of experience both as a U.S. public company CFO and as an investor in China, highlights our strategy of attracting top talent to ChinaCast and shows our commitment to continue to build upon our position as the leading post-secondary education company in China. His steady hand will keep us on course as we look forward to a new era of success," said Derek Feng, Chairman and CEO of the Company.
"Our immediate priority will be to visit our offices, centers and campuses and work closely with our talented employees to ensure that our students and customers can continue to expect the highest-quality education and services from us," added Feng. "We intend to share our plans for ChinaCast with shareholders and other stakeholders as soon as practicable thereafter."
The Company is also initiating a search for a new permanent CEO and new permanent CFO, led by the compensation committee of the board of directors of the Company. In light of Woodrum's appointment as interim Chief Financial Officer, director Stephen Markscheid will replace Woodrum as a member of ChinaCast's audit and compensation committees.
Woodrum has served on the Company's board of directors since January 2012. At the time of his appointment, Woodrum was a private investor. From 2006 to 2009, Woodrum served as a research analyst for Jayhawk Capital Management, a private equity firm focused on investing in small- and medium-sized businesses operating in China. From 1998 to 2005, Woodrum was the Chief Financial Officer of CNET Networks, Inc., an online media company, where his responsibilities included raising capital for growth, business model development, financial reporting, annual budgeting, long-term planning, acquisitions, investor relations and tax. Woodrum received his B.B.A. in finance and accounting from the University of Iowa.
About ChinaCast Education Corporation
Established in 1999, ChinaCast Education Corporation is a leading for-profit, post-secondary education and e-learning services provider in China. The Company provides post-secondary degree and diploma programs through its three fully accredited universities: The Foreign Trade and Business College of Chongqing Normal University located in Chongqing; Lijiang College of Guangxi Normal University located in Guilin; and Hubei Industrial University Business College located in Wuhan. These universities offer four year and three year, career-oriented bachelor's degree and diploma programs in business, finance, economics, law, IT, engineering, hospitality and tourism management, advertising, language studies, art and music.
The Company also provides e-learning services to post-secondary institutions, K-12 schools, government agencies and corporate enterprises via its nationwide satellite broadband network. These services include interactive distance learning applications, multimedia education content delivery and vocational training courses. The Company is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market with the ticker symbol CAST.
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