Imagine Learning Names Joe Swenson President and Chief Operating Officer

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Imagine Learning, maker of the award-winning language and literacy software program Imagine Learning English, has named Joe Swenson as the company’s new president and chief operating officer. Swenson brings more than 20 years of experience as a successful president, CEO and general manager to his new position with Imagine Learning.

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There are tremendous growth opportunities in the education market, and I look forward to making a significant contribution by helping the company capitalize on those opportunities.

Educational software company Imagine Learning announced today that Joe Swenson has been named president and chief operating officer. Swenson will draw on his extensive background as a successful president, CEO and general manager to optimize company performance and accelerate revenue growth at Imagine Learning.

“Joe Swenson brings a wealth of experience and skills relevant to our work at Imagine Learning,” said CEO Susan Preator. “His strategic vision and leadership will be invaluable as we continue to grow the company to meet the ever-increasing needs of the educators and students we serve. Additionally, Joe shares our passion for Imagine Learning’s mission—opening doors of opportunity for every child through a strong foundation of language and literacy proficiency.”

Imagine Learning is a top producer of educational software products. Since its founding in 2004, the company has seen sustained revenue growth, attracting acclaim from organizations like Inc. magazine and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program.

Swenson said he is excited to join the company at a time of exponential growth and new opportunities for domestic and international market penetration.

“I have a deep appreciation for this company’s culture and vision,” Swenson said. “There are tremendous growth opportunities in the education market, and I look forward to making a significant contribution by helping the company capitalize on those opportunities.”

Swenson brings more than 20 years of experience to his new position. From 2002 to 2007, he served as president and CEO of DynaVox, a communication and education solutions company that saw continued revenue growth and increased market penetration under Swenson’s leadership. Prior to working with DynaVox, Swenson developed and executed corporate strategy, improved company culture and increased profits at Hill-Rom Acute Care and Hill-Rom Europe. Those achievements and others garnered recognition from peers and industry leaders alike; in 2006, Swenson was named CEO of the Year by the Pittsburgh Technology Council.

Swenson received his MBA from the Brigham Young University Marriott School of Management, where he graduated with honors. He most recently led volunteer missionary efforts in Concepción, Chile, where he was directly involved in recovery initiatives after the February 2010 earthquakes and tsunamis.

About Imagine Learning
Imagine Learning is an educational software company that creates and distributes Imagine Learning English, an award-winning language and literacy program used by hundreds of thousands of students around the world. Imagine Learning was recently ranked eighth fastest-growing private company in the education industry by Inc. magazine, and received Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum’s Top 25 Under Five award in both 2009 and 2010. Imagine Learning English uses innovative features like differentiated instruction, continual assessment, and first-language support to help English learners,struggling readers, students with disabilities and early childhood education students acquire the reading and speaking abilities they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond. Visit http://www.imaginelearning.com to find out how Imagine Learning is opening doors of opportunity for kids everywhere.

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