Managing Director & Operating Partner at Best Associates
Edwin is an experienced global operating executive with an extensive finance and cross-functional background in transforming companies within the education and information services sectors.
He currently is an operating partner for a privately-owned merchant banking institution that provides capital to growth-oriented businesses, initiates start-ups and makes select acquisitions (mid-market size portfolio). In addition, Edwin is a board advisor at busuu.com, the world’s largest online social network for learning languages, where he works with leadership and other investors in developing and executing the company’s growth strategy.
Previously, Edwin was CFO and COO of U.S. and International divisions of McGraw-Hill Education, which he joined following its acquisition by Apollo Global Management. He also held international senior finance and operating executive roles at LexisNexis/Reed Elsevier and Wolters Kluwer. Edwin gained his first operating experience with a European boutique venture capital incubator, which he successfully exited through architecting and realizing a management buy-out.
Edwin holds an MBA with Honors from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business. He also has a BSc degree in Business Economics with Honors from a top tier business school in the Netherlands.