SAN MATEO, Calif., Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CourseSmart®, the world's largest provider of eTextbooks and digital course materials, today announced two additions to its executive team who will help to fulfill its mission of increasing access to higher education by connecting digital content publishers with faculty, students and institutions. Daryl Fox has been appointed Senior Vice President of Publisher and Content Strategy and Bryan Spaulding has been named Senior Vice President of Technology and Business Operations.
"We are in the midst of an extremely exciting period in higher education with today's technological innovations that enhance student learning outcomes and improve faculty teaching resources," said Sean Devine, CEO at CourseSmart. "We are thrilled to announce the addition of two seasoned executives who will help CourseSmart meet its objectives of transforming the landscape for the distribution of digital higher education content, and maintaining its position as the world's largest eTextbook and digital course materials provider. Bringing tremendous experience to our company, Daryl and Bryan will help us continue to innovate our platform to create an engaging experience for faculty and students, and to provide the unmatched ability of connecting content producers with content users as the demand for digital materials expands at a rapid pace."
As Senior Vice President of Publisher and Content Strategy, Daryl will be responsible for aligning CourseSmart's strategy with those of its publisher partners to ensure that the company creates the best content discovery, access and consumption experience for students, faculty and educational institutions. Daryl has spent the past 25 years in higher education publishing, and has held VP-level positions in Science, Economics, Finance, and the Social Sciences for more than 15 years. Most recently, he was Vice President and Editorial Director for Political Science, Communication, Theatre, Film and Public Relations at Pearson Education where he spearheaded many innovative digital media products including HTML5-based, experiential and speech-related products. Daryl has also held similar management positions at McGraw-Hill and at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
Bryan Spaulding joins CourseSmart with nearly 20 years of experience building scalable architecture for digital initiatives. While at CourseSmart, he will be responsible for setting the overall technical direction for the company, including leading all architectural planning and technical operations, managing relationships with technology partners, and engaging with partners and CourseSmart customers to ensure the seamless integration with third party platforms. Prior to CourseSmart, Bryan served as the Senior Director of Media and Publishing at Optaros where he built digital asset management workflow solutions and re-platformed content and commerce properties for a variety of clients. He also served as the Chief Technology Officer at MovieLink where he led and developed, amongst other things, the company's digital rights management approach so that it worked for all stakeholders. Additionally, Bryan has held management positions at Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment and at the Viant Corporation.
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As the world's largest provider of digital course materials, CourseSmart® connects education publishers to consumers by providing an efficient distribution platform for their best-selling content in digital form. Founded in 2007, the San Mateo, Calif.-based company provides services to four business segments: Online direct retail for students; Indirect distribution of course materials to students through bookstores; Online faculty textbook evaluation services; and Institutional solutions for faculty and students that are integrated within campus technology ecosystems. CourseSmart improves the educational process and experience by offering all users anywhere, any-time access to the course content they need, including those with vision- and print-related disabilities. With more than 90% of the same core titles offered by major print publishers, the company's eTextbooks can be purchased for up to 60% less than the cost of new print textbooks. For more information about CourseSmart, visit the company's Web site at www.coursesmart.com.
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