Managing Partner, Education
Ziggy Liaqat is a Managing Partner in the Education Practice of RIDGE-LANE LP.
Mr. Liaqat has over 20 years of experience as a senior executive with industry-leading educational companies. During his career, he rose through the ranks by creating world class teams, managing change, and driving performance across diverse geographies.
Mr. Liaqat was Global Chief Operations Officer for Pearson, where he took a fragmented global team and created one with world class operational capability, while leading a transformation program delivering $250m+ in cost savings. He also led the integration and professionalizing of Pearson portfolio companies’ operations functions globally.
Prior to this role, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Pearson North America, a $5bn business at the time, and successfully created an operating infrastructure that allowed Pearson to navigate through the disruption of its digital transformation. He designed and delivered a project that allowed Pearson’s procurement, customer service and supply chain infrastructure to flex as its multi-billion $ print business moved to a digital education business.
Prior to his move to the U.S., Mr. Liaqat was CEO of Edexcel in the U.K., where he transformed the global curriculum and assessment business into Pearson’s most lucrative portfolio company. During this time he also lead discussions with the media, politicians, policy makers and the Department for Education to create next generation curriculum and assessments.
Mr. Liaqat holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Westminster and is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Leadership program.