A new president and CEO has been named to lead a multi-state charter school management company based in Grand Rapids.
National Heritage Academies, or NHA, said last week Brian Britton will be its new president and CEO.
NHA operates 83 charter schools in nine states.
J.C. Huizenga, NHA’s founder and chairman of the board, said Britton has a “passion for the welfare of children,” as well as “strong organizational and leadership skills,” which he will bring to his new role.
“Service to others is at the core of who he is and that is a fundamental core of NHA,” Huizenga said.
Britton said he’s “honored” to join National Heritage Academies.
“I look forward to visiting our schools, sitting in classrooms and supporting our best-in-class staff to create life-changing opportunities for our scholars,” he said.
Britton most recently served as president of OTG Management in New York, where he was responsible for administration and operations for more than 200 restaurants and retail venues across 11 airports.
Previously, he worked in Chicago as the EVP/COO of Compass Group, Levy Restaurants, where he was responsible for a $1.4-billion division that included 140 sports and entertainment venues and 10 restaurants.
He began his career with The Walt Disney Company, where he served in several leadership roles, including as an operations manager at Epcot.
Britton is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He served in the military for nine years and is a recipient of the Navy Commendation Medal for his leadership.
After his time with the Navy, he earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.