March 12, 2024

Goddard Systems Welcomes Dr. Ali Tafreshi as Chief Information Officer

Accomplished executive to drive technology enhancements, efficiency and innovation for leading early childhood education franchise

Goddard Systems, LLC (GSL), manager of The Goddard School franchise system, has appointed Dr. Ali Tafreshi as chief information officer, effective immediately. In his new role, Dr. Tafreshi is responsible for building and executing a robust information technology (IT) roadmap, improving processes and applications to deliver value to the franchise system and leading efforts to implement new technologies and data management.

“I’m excited to welcome Dr. Tafreshi to our team, where his seasoned leadership and technical acumen will drive our IT initiatives forward and strengthen our franchise system,” said Dennis R. Maple, chairman and CEO of GSL. “With a steadfast focus on implementing cutting-edge technologies and optimizing data management practices, Dr. Tafreshi’s strategic guidance will enhance the support we provide to our franchisees and, ultimately, elevate the experience for Goddard School families across the country.”

With more than 20 years of leadership experience, Dr. Tafreshi has an exceptional track record and an extensive background in IT operations, security and analytics, vendor management and regulatory compliance in a diverse array of sectors that include aviation, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and franchising. Dr. Tafreshi joins GSL from Authority Brands, LLC, where he served as chief information officer and helped lead the creation of future-state software solutions to drive efficiency and optimal experiences for all stakeholders. Prior to joining Authority Brands, he served as an IT leader for consulting firms, the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and T-Mobile, among other organizations.

“I’m thrilled to join Goddard Systems and look forward to leveraging technology to help Goddard School franchisees more efficiently and effectively operate their businesses,” said Dr. Tafreshi. “I’m just as excited to collaborate with Goddard’s talented team to deliver a best-in-class digital experience for the families in more than 630 Goddard Schools nationwide.”

Dr. Tafreshi holds bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in engineering from the University of Maryland. He has also completed post-doctoral research and executive training in strategy and innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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