Pearson Education Technologies names new President and CEO

Former Bigchalk CEO to Lead The Company That Debuted ConcertTM

MESA, Ariz. - Pearson Education Technologies, part of Pearson Education (NYSE: PSO), the world's leading integrated education company, today announced the appointment of Jack Lynch as president and chief executive officer (CEO). Lynch comes to Pearson Education Technologies from Bigchalk, the Education Network, where he was founding CEO and a board member. Under his leadership, Bigchalk served as a leading provider of information and content delivered over the Internet for the K-12 education market.

"With the launch and incredible reception of Concert, Pearson Education Technologies has charted a new course in education technology.  Successfully navigating these uncharted waters requires a specialized skill set, one that combines an understanding of the education market, Web-based products, as well as vision and leadership skills.  Jack's varied and broad experience, and his recent role at Bigchalk, makes him the ideal person to take this organization to the next level, to lead it and the education market to even greater success," said Steven A. Dowling, Executive Vice President of Pearson Education. 

This past year, Pearson Education Technologies launched its eagerly awaited ConcertTM online education community, a family of Web-based applications integrating standards-aligned instruction, lesson planning, assessment, educational content, and business office management.  In addition Pearson Education Technologies products and services include SuccessMaker and NovaNet learning systems and SASIxp student information systems.

Prior to Bigchalk, Lynch was president, CEO, and a board member of Jnana Technologies, a software company specializing in Web-based reasoning technology sold to Fortune 50 companies including General Electric and Rockwell International. Before that, he spent eight years at CCH Legal Information Services, where he advanced from vice president of product development and marketing to president of the division. During his leadership, sales and profits climbed to record levels, and he moved the division to expert system and online applications for their legal clients. Earlier in his career, Lynch served as director of sales and market development for legal and financial online services at Simon and Schuster Professional Information Group, and a sales representative for Matthew Bender legal publishers, a division of Times Mirror. 

"It is a wonderful and rare opportunity to lead a company that has the capacity, expertise, and talent to anticipate and create Concert, the singular solution for data-driven decisions now on the radar of every administrator.  Pearson Education Technologies is a dynamic and intelligent enterprise that I am proud to be part of," said Lynch.

The reception to Concert has more than confirmed the company's vision.  Schools nationwide are signing up and several states are considering Concert for statewide implementations.


Pearson Education Technologies

With more than 40 years of experience in developing, delivering, and supporting curriculum, assessment, and enterprise data management products, Pearson Education Technologies is the leader in offering comprehensive solutions for preK-12 education. Reaching more than 10 million students annually, our products include the SASIxpTM student information system, SuccessMaker® Enterprise and NovaNET® comprehensive courseware systems, and ConcertTM Instruction and Assessment, the online education community. Pearson Education Technologies is part of Pearson Education (NYSE: PSO), the world's leading integrated education company.


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