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Chris Porter named CEO of Software for Follett School Solutions

Press Release: Follett [July 7, 2022]

MCHENRY, Ill., July 7, 2022 Follett School Solutions today announced Chris Porter, who brings more than 20 years of experience leading education technology businesses, has been appointed CEO of Follett School Solutions, Software. He succeeds Paul Ilse, who will remain involved with Follett School Solutions as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Porter most recently served as CEO of Apex Learning, where he guided the digital education company through unprecedented growth during his tenure. Previously, he served in executive leadership positions for PowerSchool LLC, Pearson and Apple.

"Chris is a visionary leader dedicated to helping educators create better opportunities for students everywhere," Ilse said. "He brings the experience and vision that will help accelerate our growth."

Britten Follett, CEO of Follett School Solutions, Content who will work closely with Porter, said, "I'm confident in Chris' ability to lead our software business and collaborate with all of us to grow and develop the products and services our customers have come to know and love."

Porter was instrumental in the early growth of PowerSchool, which was founded by his brother, Greg, and acquired by Apple in 2000. His father also was an educator.

"I was raised in a family where learning was always a priority, and Follett's reputation and long-standing history of making a difference in education made the decision to join the company an easy one," Porter said. "This is a unique time in education, and there's a massive opportunity for great software to really benefit educators, students and their families. Follett has the reputation, products and people to provide what educators need, and to positively impact education more than ever before."

Porter earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Brigham Young University and holds an executive leadership credential from Stanford University.

About Follett School Solutions

Follett School Solutions is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to K-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. It also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement. Find Follett on Facebook, and follow on Twitter (@FollettLearning).

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Publication Year:2022
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:July 7, 2022
Company: Follett
Subject: Executive appointments
Record Number:27505
Last Update:2024-02-23 11:04:36
Date Created:2022-07-07 13:03:18