Our Team

Rob Polston

Senior Advisor, Europe

Rob has been a senior executive and investor in higher education institutions for over 15 years. Most recently, Rob rejoined Sterling Partners as an Operating Partner, where he has served as CEO and lead board member for Spartan College of Aeronautics and oversaw Sterling’s investment in other education companies such as EdCura and OpenClassrooms.  At Cintana, Rob supports the company’s strategy and partnership activities in Europe, leveraging his extensive prior experience in higher education in the region.

Prior to Sterling, Rob held several executive positions at Laureate Education including CEO of Laureate Partners, overseeing the company’s online education service partnerships with several global universities. Rob also served as CEO of Laureate France in which he built one of the largest providers of higher education in France serving several thousand students in Engineering, IT, Business and Management. 

In addition to his extensive operating and international experience, Rob has worked in private equity and investment banking for Allied Capital Corporation, Bank of America, and Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated in M&A transactions, senior and mezzanine debt financings and capital raising primarily in consumer services and products. Rob earned a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School in Finance and Accounting.