- Lead Independent Director
- Compensation Committee Chair
- Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Member
Mr. Clifford joined the Board as a director in October 2016 and he currently serves as the Company’s lead independent director. Since September 2019, Mr. Clifford has served as an operating partner and consultant to Welsh, Carson, Anderson and Stowe, a private equity firm focused on investments in the technology and healthcare industries. Since December 2021, he has served on the board of EMS LINQ, Inc., a cloud-based provider of nutrition, enterprise resource planning, portals and payments software to over 4,000 K12 school districts in the U.S.
Since May 2021, he has served on the board of Absorb Software Holdings, Inc., a cloud-based provider of enterprise learning management systems. From June 2015 through March 2019, Mr. Clifford served as president and chief executive officer of Frontline Education, a private-equity-backed cloud software company that manages human resources functions at over 80,000 public and private schools in the U.S. He is also a co-founder of the Frontline Research and Learning Institute, as well as The Line, a publication sharing new ideas and insight while encouraging civil discourse on the most challenging problems facing K-12 educators and administrators.
Prior to joining Frontline Education, from 2010 through 2013, Mr. Clifford was a corporate officer and co-president of Automatic Data Processing (NYSE: ADP) National Accounts, a $2.5 billion human capital management software and services business serving the largest U.S. companies, and was the co-founder and chief executive officer of Workscape, Inc., a pioneering cloud software provider to the human capital management industry, from 1999 until its acquisition by ADP in 2010. Prior to founding Workscape, he held chief executive officer or senior leadership positions at HealthPlan Services, Consolidated Group and Prudential Insurance Company. From 2013 to 2015, he also served as a director and audit committee member of Carbonite Inc. (Nasdaq: CARB). Mr. Clifford holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Northeastern University in Boston.
Mr. Clifford brings extensive technology, entrepreneurial and leadership experience to the Board. His substantial experience with providing HR-related services to businesses, along with his entrepreneurial background and knowledge of cloud-based software solutions for the HR services industry, provide key perspectives to the Board on matters that directly impact our business and the businesses of our customers.