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Raghu Krishnaiah

Chief Operating Officer

Meet Raghu Krishnaiah

Raghu Krishnaiah serves as the chief operating officer at University of Phoenix, where he is instrumental in the transformation of the University and responsible for all operating strategy and results. As part of his responsibilities, Krishnaiah oversees all student academic, financial aid, enrollment, technology and career advising; corporate, tribal and community college relationships; product development; operational analytics; regional campuses; and business innovation.

Krishnaiah is an innovative leader experienced in turning transformative products and business concepts into successful global companies by bridging the gap between strategy and execution. He holds strong expertise in data monetization and analytics that drives faster, more accurate decision-making in start-ups, turnarounds and Fortune 500 companies. His career as a seasoned change agent and strategist spans more than 20 years of progressive P&L management, strategy, sales and marketing, product development, operations, technology and Board responsibilities.

Before joining University of Phoenix, Krishnaiah held the role of chief operating officer at Western Governors University, where he led significant growth in student outcomes. Prior to Western Governors University, Krishnaiah worked as senior vice president at Kaplan Higher Education Group and has served in a number of senior leadership roles throughout his career, overseeing large operational infrastructures at complex global organizations in financial services, management consulting and business services industries.

Krishnaiah earned both a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as well as a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.