Henning Fries Joins The Dwight Schools as Chief Operating Officer

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Henning Fries, Former CEO of Bloom Education, to the new position of Chief Operating Officer of The Dwight Schools.

Our global network of IB World Schools bridges continents, extends into the cloud, and unites our campuses in New York, London, Seoul, Shanghai, Dubai, and online as one Dwight family.

Mr. Fries is not new to Dwight! As former CEO of Bloom Education, the specialist education division of Bloom Holding operating world-class schools in the UAE, Mr. Fries played an instrumental role in the development of Dwight School Dubai. Bloom and Dwight joined forces to launch Dwight’s first campus in the Middle East, bringing an unsurpassed level of excellence and innovation in international education to both the city and larger UAE region.  

In this new executive management role, Mr. Fries will advance and harmonize quality operations across all Dwight campuses. In addition, he will join the Board of Governors of Dwight School Dubai. 

“We are delighted that Henning is joining our Dwight family of schools, adding his 30 years of global experience and strategic thinking demonstrated during our collaboration in Dubai, to our executive team of educators and administrators,” says Stephen Spahn, Chancellor of The Dwight Schools, and the longest-serving head of an independent school in the U.S. “Henning shares our deep commitment to excellence, innovation, and our mission of igniting the spark of genius in every child, which empowers students to pursue their passions and become innovative global leaders who can help make our world a better place.” 

A results-oriented executive, Mr. Fries has led large multicultural teams in Europe, North America, Asia, and the Middle East in the private education and hospitality industries, which included such major organizations as InterContinental, Mandarin Oriental, Fairmont, and Starwood. As CEO of Bloom Education, he formed five state-of-the-art schools in the UAE with Dwight, Brighton College, and MindChamps. Mr. Fries earned a Diploma in Hotel Management from the Hotel School SBC in Germany and an MBA from Henley Business School in the UK.

“While working alongside Dwight for the past three years to open its first campus in the Middle East, I had the pleasure of seeing first-hand how truly unique and exceptional the school is,” says Mr. Fries. “There are only a few organizations where the proclaimed ethos is actually ‘lived,’ which is the case with Dwight. The development and well-being of students lie at the center of absolutely everything Dwight does. I look forward to being part of an inspiring journey to bring a world-class Dwight education to as many children as possible.” 

Welcome, Mr. Fries!