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Prometric Appoints Charles Kernan as President and CEO

Testing and Assessment Veteran to Transform Prometric for the Future and Strengthen Performance



— Prometric, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ETS and trusted provider of market-leading test development and delivery solutions, named Charles Kernan as its new President and CEO to further strengthen core operational performance and accelerate a strategic focus on emerging growth opportunities in the testing and assessment industry. Kernan’s appointment was effective June 1, 2017.


Kernan, 54, has a long track record of strong performance both inside and outside of the testing and assessment industry. As COO of Prometric for nearly 10 years, Kernan was responsible for Prometric’s business and operational divisions. Under his leadership, he managed the company through many of its most significant enterprise transformations, guiding the expansion of Prometric’s global test center network, global help desk operations, contact centers and on-demand testing operations as well as leading the international sales and global account management organization.

“Charlie’s past achievements when combined with his deep industry knowledge and tenure make him uniquely qualified to lead Prometric successfully into the future," said Walt McDonald, Prometric Board Chair, and President & Chief Executive Officer of ETS.

“This is a terrific opportunity that any leader would welcome, and I'm grateful to the ETS Prometric Board for the opportunity to head up this exceptional company of creative, dedicated and talented professionals," said Kernan. “As a values-driven organization, we strive to deliver innovative and relevant solutions that allow test takers worldwide to demonstrate their knowledge and qualifications accurately and fairly—helping them realize academic and professional achievement be it a certification, assessment, licensure or entrance exam.”

Kernan graduated from Connecticut College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and economics. He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. He serves on several organizational boards, including BTL Learning & Assessment, a leading developer of reliable, secure and innovative technologies for assessment programs. He and Julie, his wife of 16 years, reside in Baltimore, MD.

About ETS
At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, and by conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series® assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.

About Prometric
Prometric, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ETS, is a trusted provider of market-leading technology-enabled test development and delivery solutions. Committed to a set of values that believes in getting the right test to the right location at the right time and to the right test taker, Prometric supports test takers worldwide who take more than 8 million tests each year. Through innovation, workflow automation and standardization, Prometric delivers tests in more than 180 countries on behalf of more than 300 clients in the academic, financial, government, healthcare, professional association and corporate employer markets. For more information, please visit



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