John Semel

John Semel, Executive Vice President
Chief Strategy Officer

John Semel, EVP and Chief Strategy Officer, is responsible for planning and executing the company’s merger and acquisitions (M&A) strategy.

Prior to joining Zovio in 2019, John served as the head of strategy and M&A for Apollo-backed Mood Media and John Wiley and Sons, where he ran strategic planning and architected their online learning Solutions business, acquiring six companies, including Deltak, during his eight years at Wiley. Over his career, he has held senior strategy and principal investment roles for MTV Networks, The Hearst Corporation, Everger Investment Associates, and PRIMEDIA. He began his career at JP Morgan and Company as an analyst and then associate in Equity Capital Markets and Syndicate before moving on to High Yield Capital Markets and Syndicate.

He holds a BA in Greek and Latin from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.