Strategically Minded Global Business Owner in Cologne, Germany
As owner of and instructor with the Cologne Centers at KUMON Deutschland, Canan Ermen-Arkan manages academic skills development programs for children aged 4 to 18. She serves a student base of approximately 150 young people, who study at two independent locations. Canan Ermen-Arkan balances this work with service as head of European coordination at Mindspire Tutoring, in which role she helps students, families, and schools in Europe to understand US college admissions and standardized testing.
Canan Ermen-Arkan comes to her career in education with more than 18 years of leadership experience in global logistics and transportation. She stands out as former assistant vice president for the Mid-Atlantic region of Panalpina, where she focused on facilitating outreach initiatives to remote communities in need. She managed general business development and strategic planning as well as detailed operations for a variety of projects, including those involving air and sea freight.
For eight years, Canan Ermen-Arkan combined these responsibilities with service as managing partner of an export and procurement company, which she sold for a profit in 2003. She has shared this experience base with developing professionals as an instructor and lecturer both at the college level and in the private sector.