Chairman & CEO, Goddard Systems, Inc.

Dennis R. Maple joined Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School, as President and Chief Executive Officer in September 2019. A University of Tennessee graduate, Maple is a transformational leader who excels at leading business turnarounds and creating value for internal and external company stakeholders. In April 2021, Maple was appointed Chairman of the Board for GSI. Before joining Goddard, he served for five years as President of First Student, Inc., North America’s largest K-12 school bus transportation services company. Prior to First Student, he spent a decade at Aramark in a series of leadership positions, culminating in his role as President of Aramark Education, which focuses on delivering food, nutrition and facilities services to K-12 school markets. Maple has gained valuable insight into issues facing today’s educators and administrators, particularly around ensuring healthy and safe environments for students. He brings another 20-plus years of general management experience with CPG leaders such as The Quaker Oats Company, PepsiCo, Inc., Kraft General Foods, Inc., and Coors Brewing Company. His experience with these companies taught Maple to use data-driven insights to help shape business strategies and spark innovation in business models and product offerings. Maple is a member of the Descartes Systems Group Board of Directors, where he serves as a member of the Compensation Committee and as chairman of the Nominating Committee.