Our Team

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At The Great Courses, we are dedicated to sharing the very best in learning with the world. Everything we do is guided by our passion for quality education and our desire to enthusiastically meet our customers’ needs.

Meet some team members who make it their priority to design unparalleled educational experiences for lifelong learners like you.

Our Leadership
Our Leadership
  • Paul Suijk - President & CEO

    With a wide variety of experience in executive positions at major corporations including Cadmus Communications, Danka Business Systems, James River Corporation and Royal Dutch Shell, Paul is exceptionally focused on bringing innovation and strategic business growth to The Great Courses. He specializes in developing joint ventures and building partnerships. Paul's favorite Great Course is Peoples and Cultures of the World.

  • Bruce G. Willis - Chief Financial Officer

    Bruce brings more than 25 years of experience to The Great Courses. He is responsible for overseeing all financial planning, human resources, accounting, tax, and treasury services. Bruce skillfully leads a multi-functional team of professionals who are all dedicated to providing an efficient and superior customer experience. His favorite Great Courses include personal development and travel.

  • Joseph Peckl - SVP, Marketing

    Joe brings more than 25 years of experience in direct marketing, product development, and eCommerce at leading multinational corporations. In his role, he leads a dedicated multi-functional team that encompasses marketing, operations, customer analytics, customer care, distribution and partnership management. Joe enjoys a wide variety of math and science courses.

  • Jason Smigel - VP, Operations

    Jason brings a wide and deep array of experience in operations, project management, and continuous quality improvement. He leads multifunctional teams of professionals responsible for finding professors, creating content, and producing The Great Courses. He has been instrumental in the deployment and support of new marketing channels both domestically and globally. Jason “enjoys it all” but especially history and philosophy.

  • Paul Eskildsen - VP, General Counsel

    Paul brings 35 years of legal and corporate executive experience in commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, technology law, employment law, and compliance, as well as regulatory and litigation expertise. He has served as General Counsel, Board Secretary, and Chief Compliance Office. Paul’s favorite Great Courses include history, literature, and language titles.

  • Cale Pritchett - VP, Marketing

    Cale brings more than 15 years of experience across direct mail, email, television, podcasts, and multiple online advertising channels. Cale leads a team of highly motivated marketers, designers, and product managers who are responsible for revenue and customer experience and for many digitally-focused product lines. His favorite Great Courses include history and more history.

  • Mark Leonard - VP, Technology Services

    Mark brings more than 15 years of IT and operations experience, helping to lead several key corporate initiatives, including a complete eCommerce re-platform and a remote Call Center agent program, as well as the migration of several primary systems to the Cloud. He is responsible for a large team managing all technology and technical operations used in the development and delivery of services to our customers. Mark particularly enjoys Great Courses about game theory and building a better brain.