Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) August 25, 2014
Edgenuity, a leading provider of online and blended learning solutions, today announced that Philip Steitz and Leslie Sobon have joined the company as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Vice President, Marketing, respectively. Steitz will be responsible for leading the company’s technology vision and strategy and Sobon will be responsible for driving Edgenuity’s marketing and communications strategy. Steitz and Sobon are both technology industry veterans and the appointments build on Edgenuity’s success in the ed tech marketplace, further positioning the company as an innovator driving better academic outcomes through technology.
“We are thrilled to have such experienced leaders and education advocates join our team,” said Sari Factor, CEO of Edgenuity. “The ability to propel student achievement through our platform will only be improved under Phil and Leslie’s strong leadership as we further invest in industry-leading features and capabilities to support our award winning online curriculum.”
“I am very excited to join the leader in K-12 online learning and focus on my two passions: education and technology,” said Steitz. “Advances in technology are enabling steep improvements in learning outcomes. The opportunity to be part of this talented team of education innovators and lead the investment in enhanced product features, flexibility and scale was one I couldn't pass up.”
Steitz has over 20 years of experience in technology leadership. He most recently served as CTO of Deem, a San Francisco Bay-area cloud commerce company. Previously, Steitz served as Chief Information Officer for Barclaycard US, the U.S. credit card business of Barclays PLC, and was responsible for all technology and information processing systems development and operations. Before that, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for American Express. Steitz began his career as a software engineer before moving to academia, teaching mathematics and computer science at Beloit College. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Beloit College and a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Maryland.
“Edgenuity is bringing real innovation to the ways that teachers teach and students learn in schools and districts across the country,” said Sobon. “I look forward to expanding Edgenuity’s mission of using online and blended learning to empower students and help them succeed.”
Sobon brings wide-ranging experience in branding and marketing communications, product management, lead generation, and sales support. Previously, Sobon was Chief Marketing Officer of Fluid Innovations, a SaaS start-up focused on the intellectual property market. Prior to that, she was Corporate VP, Worldwide Marketing for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), where she led marketing for their microprocessor division. She also served in senior marketing roles at Dell and Texas Instruments. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in business administration from Baylor University.
“These new hires are representative of our commitment to transform education through the use of technology,” said Factor. “We’re bullish on ed tech’s potential and are investing heavily to expand the use of online and blended learning to provide access and opportunity to all students.”
Edgenuity provides engaging online education solutions that propel success for every student, empower every teacher to deliver more effective instruction, and enable schools and districts to meet their academic goals. Edgenuity delivers a range of Core Curriculum, AP®, Elective, Career and Technical Education (CTE), and Credit Recovery courses aligned to the rigor and high expectations of state, Common Core and iNACOL standards and designed to inspire life-long learning. Fully flexible for use in any blended or online learning model, Edgenuity supports an environment where personalized learning is possible. With more than 200 semester-long courses and growing, Edgenuity is driving outcomes for millions of students in schools and districts across the country. For more information, and to see Edgenuity in action, visit Edgenuity.com.