July 07--School of Rock, the Burr Ridge-based music school chain whose financial backers include a private equity firm, has a new chief executive.
Dzana Homan got the top job at School of Rock in June. She most recently spent three years as chief operating officer of Goddard Systems Inc. in the Philadelphia area, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Goddard is a franchiser of hundreds of child-care centers that operate under the name Goddard School. Similarly, School of Rock has franchisees, but is also a portfolio company of Chicago-based private equity firm Sterling Partners.
Homan replaces Chris Catalano, who was named School of Rock CEO in July 2010. In a previous job as chief investment officer of McDonald's Ventures, Catalano helped Mexican restaurant chain Chipotle become a publicly traded company and oversaw the development of Redbox from its first movie-rental location to 12,000 units.
It was a transition that had been in the works for about a year, said a person familiar with the matter.
School of Rock's founding predates by five years the 2003 Jack Black movie of the same name. It has 140 schools in eight countries with 17,000 students. School of Rock teaches guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards and drums, and combines weekly private music lessons and group band rehearsals to prepare students to take the stage in front of a live audience in a concert setting.
From 2008 to 2010, Homan was also CEO of Huntington Learning Center, and from 2001 to 2008 she was CEO of Futurekids Inc., a retail computer learning center at which she was also a franchisee.
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